Presentation on theme: "Illinois Department Children Families Services DCFS Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor Erwin McEwen, Director Division of Licensing Rule 407 Licensing Standards."— Presentation transcript:
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? LICENSURE OF DAY CARE CENTERS CONSULTATION TO PROVIDERS OF DAY CARE CENTERS
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 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? 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 Public Parochial ParochialPrivateand Federal government
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: Articles of incorporation and by-laws Statement of purpose and policies List of officers and board members Annual operating budget
Completed Application includes: Staffing plan, job descriptions and qualifications Written delegation of administrative authority List of persons submit to background check
Assessment of Licensure Review of Completed, Signed application
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 Licensure Staff holds First-aid and CPF Certification Food service sanitation certification Fire clearance Sanitation clearance Liability insurance
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 program description, and daily schedule Review center drawings Review areas by measurements Review indoor/outdoor space for child usage
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 Permit issued 6-months Permit must be displayed at all times 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 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 Compliance with licensing standards Provide safe, healthy, nutritional environment that encourages learning