Great START has Great News!

As of July 1, 2020, Great START has two exciting new features!

  1. Individuals working at an ExceleRate Illinois Silver or Gold Circle of Quality licensed child care center and/or family child care/group home can access Great START after six months of employment.*
  2. Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential, Infant Toddler Credential, School-Age and Youth Development Credential, and/or Family Child Care Credential (all at level 2 or higher) are included on the wage supplement scale. To view the updated scale, visit*

*All other eligibility requirements must also be met to receive a Great START wage supplement.