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Daycare License Requirements for Illinois

Worker requirements

Must be at least 19 and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED) and 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university, including 6 semester hours in courses directly related to child care and/or child development (birth to 6 years) or 1 year (1560 clock hours) child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university, including 6 semester hours in courses directly related to child care and/or child development or a Child Development Associate credential.

Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
Infants(1:4)
Toddlers(1:5)
2 years(1:8)
Preschool(1:10)
School age(1:20)
Mixed age groupratio for youngest child in group

 

Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
Maximum provider/child ratio is (1:12), which includes providers own children under age 12, and with no more than 6 children under age 5 and no more than 3 under 30 months; OR a school age group consisting of 8 school age children.

 

Department of Children & Family Services

Office of Licensing

406 E. Monroe Street, Station 60

Springfield, IL 62701-1498

Phone: 217-785-2688

Fax: 217-524-3347

Web site: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29734

Email: cfpolicy@idcfs.state.il.us

Licensing for day care homes

http://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/406.pdf

Licensing for day care centers

http://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/407.pdf

Illinois Child Care Associations:

Child Care Association of Illinois – CCAI

Illinois Child Care Association – PSO-ICCA