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Illinois Department Children Families Services DCFS Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor Erwin McEwen, Director. Division of Licensing Rule 407 Licensing Standards Day Care Centers Presenter: Virginia A. York, Associate Deputy Director of Licensing Jan Susa, Manager, Cook. Who Are We?.

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Illinois Department Children Families ServicesDCFSRod R. Blagojevich, GovernorErwin McEwen, Director

Division of Licensing

Rule 407

Licensing Standards Day Care Centers

Presenter: Virginia A. York, Associate Deputy Director of Licensing

Jan Susa, Manager, Cook


Who are we
Who Are We?

LICENSURE OF

DAY CARE CENTERS

CONSULTATION TO PROVIDERS OF

DAY CARE CENTERS


Why licensing
Why Licensing?

Licensing of child care facilities is a governmental regulation designed to reduce risks to children in care away from their families. It provides consumer protection for children, our most vulnerable population.


Why dcfs law child care act of 1969
Why DCFS? Law: Child Care Act of 1969

It defines what a “child care facility” is.

It mandates the licensing of day care facilities in Illinois.

It establishes DCFS as the agency responsible for that licensing.

It requires consultation to Providers.

It mandates licensure BEFORE operation can begin.


What is a child care center
What is a Child Care Center?

A facility that provides day care for less than 24 hours per day for more than 3 children.


Exemption to the law from licensing schools systems
Exemption to the Law From Licensing: Schools Systems

Public

Parochial

Private

and

Federal government


Process for becoming licensed
Process for becoming licensed:

Contact local DCFS Office for Information

Attend Orientation Session to be connected to a License Representative

Courtesy visit to review proposed site

Submission of Application


Completed application includes
Completed Application includes:

Articles of incorporation and by-laws

Statement of purpose and policies

List of officers and board members

Annual operating budget


Completed application includes1
Completed Application includes:

Staffing plan, job descriptions and qualifications

Written delegation of administrative authority

List of persons submit to background check


Assessment of licensure
Assessment of Licensure

Review of Completed, Signed application


Assessment of licensure1
Assessment of Licensure

Employment of Child Care Director

passed background check

three character references

proof of education

Medical

and timeline for additional qualified staff to be hired


Assessment of licensure2
Assessment of Licensure

Staff holds First-aid and CPF Certification

Food service sanitation certification

Fire clearance

Sanitation clearance

Liability insurance


Assessment of licensure3
Assessment of Licensure

Review emerengency medical care plan

Review plan for nutrition/food service requirements

Review plan for acquisition of furnishings and equipment


Review of licensure
Review of Licensure

Review program description, and daily schedule

Review center drawings

Review areas by measurements

Review indoor/outdoor space for child usage


Review of licensure1
Review of Licensure

Review of risk management plan to be followed in case of emergency

Review statement of discipline policy

Review of how forms and records will be kept

Review of fininancial capability


Decision regarding licensure denial or permit permit
Decision regarding Licensure:Denial or Permit-Permit

Permit issued 6-months

Permit must be displayed at all times

Permit specifies maximum number children

Permit requires monthly unannounced monitoring visits

Permit is no charge


License is issued
License Is Issued

License valid 3-years

License no fee or charge

License requires announced, unannounced monitoring visits throughout the year

License requires annual monitoring visit

License renewed every 3 years


Expectations
Expectations

Compliance with licensing standards

Provide safe, healthy, nutritional environment that encourages learning


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