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Agency Distinctions

The Carole Robertson Center always strives for excellence in order to provide the best programs possible for the communities we serve. Since very early on in our history, our successful work has been recognized by others. The Carole Robertson Center has been honored and recognized for our quality programs and outstanding achievements.

Quality Indicators and Achievements

The Carole Robertson Center’s child, youth, and family development programs are recognized nationally and locally by a variety of professional, academic, and public groups.

  • Illinois Department of Human Services’ Quality Rating System, 3 star rating, 2008 to present
  • Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 2004 to present
  • Named 1 of 25 Exemplary Early Care and Education Programs nationwide by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, 2003
  • Illinois Action for Children Community Partner, 2001 to present
  • Selected for a Challenge Grant by The Kresge Foundation for the development of two new family resource centers, 2000
  • Named one of the 10 Best School Age Child Care Programs in the Nation by Child Magazine, 1994
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Community Partner Agency, 1982 to present

Awards and Recognition

We have been honored with a number of awards that recognize our quality programs, outstanding staff, strong evaluation methods, and successful partnerships with other organizations.

  • Outstanding Leadership in Continuous Quality Improvement Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, 2008
  • Outstanding Leadership in Continuous Quality Improvement Special Recognition from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, 2007 and 2006
  • Community Partner Award from Illinois Action for Children, 2005
  • Community Partner Star Award from Chicago Cares, 2005
  • School Age Program honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s African American Outreach Committee for Outstanding Service to the African American Community, 2005
  • Gail Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Executive of the Year by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, 2002
  • Urban Leadership Award from The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, 2001
  • James Brown IV Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service from The Chicago Community Trust, 1999
  • Best Practice Volunteer Training Award from Tutor/Mentor Connection, 1999
  • Excellence Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, 1998

Program Pilot and Replication Selection

Our track record of comprehensive, sustainable, and innovative programming has led to our selection for several key new program pilots and replications.

  • Chosen by the Parent-Child Home Program as the first replication site in the state of Illinois, 2007
  • Chosen by Strengthening Families Illinois to lead the Chicago Learning Network, 2005
  • Chosen by the Erikson Institute as a validation site for the Ounce Scale, an infant toddler assessment tool, 2005 – 2007
  • Chosen by Illinois Action for Children to pilot an alternative Pre-K project, 2004
  • Chosen by the Illinois Department of Human Services to pilot an odd hours child care program, 1999