The Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers have changed! Questions about the new requirements in Rule 407 regarding Day Care Center Director qualifications, Radon testing, Mandated reporter training, lead paint and asbestos removal, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) should be directed to your center’s day care licensing representative.


Illinois Families and the Cost of Child Care FY 2013 - The purpose of this new report is to determine the state of child care costs in Illinois and to see if there have been any changes in the affordability of care. This report looks at licensed early care and education programs to determine trends in child care cost and availability.


ExceleRate Illinois is here! This is an exciting time for Illinois children and families! Illinois was one of only 13 states to win the federal Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant. Illinois will receive $34.8 million over the next 4 years. Part of this grant opportunity calls for Illinois to create a Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) inclusive of all early learning and development programs. For more information visit the ExceleRate Illinois web site.


DCFS Day Care Home Licensing Orientation Course is now available online! This orientation is to educate potential day care home providers about the rules and procedures that govern day care homes and the license application process. For enrollment please click here.