Presentation on theme: "Licensing Standards Day Care Centers"— Presentation transcript:
1 Licensing Standards Day Care Centers Illinois Department Children Families Services DCFS Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor Erwin McEwen, DirectorDivision of LicensingRule 407Licensing Standards Day Care CentersPresenter: Virginia A. York, Associate Deputy Director of LicensingJan Susa, Manager, Cook
2 Who Are We?LICENSURE OFDAY CARE CENTERSCONSULTATION TO PROVIDERS OF
3 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.
4 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.
5 What is a Child Care Center? A facility that provides day care for less than 24 hours per day for more than 3 children.
6 Exemption to the Law From Licensing: Schools Systems PublicParochialPrivateandFederal government
7 Process for becoming licensed: Contact local DCFS Office for InformationAttend Orientation Session to be connected to a License RepresentativeCourtesy visit to review proposed siteSubmission of Application
8 Completed Application includes: Articles of incorporation and by-lawsStatement of purpose and policiesList of officers and board membersAnnual operating budget
9 Completed Application includes: Staffing plan, job descriptions and qualificationsWritten delegation of administrative authorityList of persons submit to background check
10 Assessment of Licensure Review of Completed, Signed application
11 Assessment of Licensure Employment of Child Care Directorpassed background checkthree character referencesproof of educationMedicaland timeline for additional qualified staff to be hired
12 Assessment of Licensure Staff holds First-aid and CPF CertificationFood service sanitation certificationFire clearanceSanitation clearanceLiability insurance
13 Assessment of Licensure Review emerengency medical care planReview plan for nutrition/food service requirementsReview plan for acquisition of furnishings and equipment
14 Review of Licensure Review program description, and daily schedule Review center drawingsReview areas by measurementsReview indoor/outdoor space for child usage
15 Review of LicensureReview of risk management plan to be followed in case of emergencyReview statement of discipline policyReview of how forms and records will be keptReview of fininancial capability
16 Decision regarding Licensure: Denial or Permit-Permit Permit issued 6-monthsPermit must be displayed at all timesPermit specifies maximum number childrenPermit requires monthly unannounced monitoring visitsPermit is no charge
17 License Is Issued License valid 3-years License no fee or charge License requires announced, unannounced monitoring visits throughout the yearLicense requires annual monitoring visitLicense renewed every 3 years
18 Expectations Compliance with licensing standards Provide safe, healthy, nutritional environment that encourages learning