DCFS Day Care Information Hotline: 877-746-0829
DCFS is responsible for setting standards and licensing day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state. In June 2014, Illinois will have approximately 3,000 licensed day care centers, 8,000 licensed day care homes, and 700 group day care homes with a combined capacity to serve more than 255 thousand children.
Department also purchases day care services for individual children.
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.
Concealed Carry Permits: Regardless of whether a day care home licensee, or anyone is the household, has been granted a concealed carry permit, handguns remain prohibited on the premises of day care homes and group day care homes by the Child Care Act and the department's licensing standards. Please see Policy Interpretation 2014.01 for a detailed discussion.