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  Day Care & Early Childhood  

photo of kidsLicensing. DCFS is responsible for setting standards and licensing day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state. In June 2007, Illinois had 2,907 licensed day care centers, 10,051 licensed day care homes and 473 group day care homes with a combined capacity to serve more than 295 thousand children.

The Department also purchases day care services for individual children.

Protective/Family Maintenance Day Care Programs serve children in the DCFS caseloads. Protective Service Day Care is provided to children in "indicated" reports of child abuse or neglect; the services help to prevent and remedy the abuse, neglect or exploitation of children.

Family Maintenance Day Care services are provided to high-risk families whose children are in open DCFS cases; they are used to prevent and reduce parental stress that may lead to child abuse or neglect. The services also help children to develop properly and enable families to remain together. Protective/Family Maintenance Day Care Programs are part of a group of social services tailored to meet the individual needs of troubled families.

Radon Test, Rules 406, Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes and Rule 408, Licensing Standards for Group Day Care Homes require that all day care homes and group day care homes be tested for radon at least once every three years, and the CFS 585-2 certification form be posted as the proof of Radon test.

Where are the most day care slots?
More than 70 percent of the 295 thousand licensed day care "slots" in Illinois are found in day care centers.
centers vs homes graph
However, licensed day care homes outnumber licensed day care centers nearly 4-to-1. There are also nearly 5,400 slots available in licensed group day care homes.

Day Care & Early Childhood Links

DCFS Rules (including licensing standards)
Childhood Immunizations
Child Care Act Study Guide
Normas de DCFS (incluyen las normas para licencia)
Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes
Resumen De Las Normas De Licenciamiento Para Hogares De Guarderia
Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers
Resumen De Las Normas De Licenciamiento Para Centros De Guarderia
Summary of Licensing Standards for Group Day Care Homes
Resumende Normas De Licenciamiento Para Hogares De Guarderia De Grupo
ILCare: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral (web) Sites
Approved CPR Trainers for licensed Day Care providers
Consumer Product Safety Commision
DCFS Day Care Information Hotline: 877-746-0829
Accurate Biometrics/Art's Investigations (Fingerprinting for Background Checks)
Finger Print Search
A Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep
A Child Care Provider’s Guide to Safe Sleep
Tummy Time
Children's Product Safety List, Illinois Department of Public Health
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
Do you want to open a day care? A Self-Assessment Guide to Determine Readiness to Enter the Licensing Process
¿Desea Abrir un Hogar de Guardería? Guía de autoevaluación para determinar cuan listo está para empezar al proceso de licenciamiento
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