Daycare Homes “mean family homes which receive more than 3 up to a maximum of 12 children for less than 24 hours per day” (excluding facilities that receive only children from a single household). Illinois administrative code Part 406 (Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes), sets out the standards for licensure as a day care home and describes how to apply for a license. Family homes (provide care for more than three children, including the caregiver’s own children) must be licensed by DCFS; a license means that DCFS has inspected the facility and the facility met all licensing requirements. These licenses are valid for three years unless revoked by DFCS and are valid only for the family residence of the licensee and cannot be transferred to another person.
Caregivers at Day Care Homes
Caregivers must be at least 18 years old. They must be able to provide medical reports that they are free of reportable communicable diseases. A substitute caregiver may be used in the home up to 25 hours per month and for an additional period of up to two weeks in a 12-month period. Children can only be transported by people 18 years of age or older.