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License-exempt child care centers FY2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011)

Centers that are not required to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS uses the term “day care center” (instead of “child care center”). DCFS provides the following definition:

“Day care center” means any child care facility which regularly provides day care for less than 24 hours per day for more than 8 children in a family home or more than 3 children in a facility other than a family home, including senior citizen buildings.

DCFS lists several types of centers that are not included in its definition of day care center. A list of these types is provided in Section 377.2 of document Part 377. FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS EXEMPT FROM LICENSING. (See link below.)

Source of definition: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Part 377. FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS EXEMPT FROM LICENSING.

Date of definition: December 2010

Note: View definitions of data variables related to license-exempt child care centers:

number of sites

The number of child care centers that are not licensed by DCFS in a geographic area (for example, state or county)

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Date of data: December 2010 (FY 2011)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code, and school district.

Note: The centers included are those whose regulation status is “exempt” and whose center type is “Child Care Center,” “CCC Park/Recreation only,” or “Preschool.”

Note: Sites that are Head Start-only or Preschool for All-only are not included in these data.

Note: Centers that served no children were not counted in the number of sites.

Note: Centers that served “summer only” were not counted in the number of sites.

total reported capacity across sessions 6 weeks - 1 year

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Date of data: December 2010 (FY 2011)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code, and school district.

Note: Child care centers report capacity by individual sessions. The individual sessions included in this count are: (1) Day; (2) Session 1; and (3) Session 2. These correspond approximately to full-day and half-day.

  • Among a total of 429 “Day” sessions, approximately 87.2% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 547 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 90.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 98.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 326 “Session 2” sessions, approximately 92.6% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 97.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend.See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2011” for details.

Note: The age groups included in this total capacity are: (1) Infant, 6 weeks – 14 months; and (2) Toddler, 15 weeks – 23 months. Child care centers do not serve children younger than 6 weeks of age.

Note: The sum of the capacities of the individual age ranges (6 wks – 1 yr; 2 yrs; 3-4 and 5-K) is NOT the same as the Total Reported Capacity for a license-exempt child care center. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Centers have separate capacities for individual age ranges. They may fill these capacities as they see fit, as long as the total does not exceed their total capacity.
  • Centers may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total capacity of 20. In this case, they may serve 20 children in a full-day session; or they may serve, e.g., 20 2-year-old children in a morning session and 20 4-year-old children in an afternoon session. In this case, they will have two age range capacities of 20 (sum of 40) but a total capacity of 20.
  • Child care centers do not necessarily report all of their sessions, and thus all of their age-range capacities, to INCCRRA.
  • In its online database, IECAM reports only half-day and full-day sessions, i.e., those sessions that are typically used to determine daytime point-in-time capacity. Sessions that are not used for such determination (e.g., summer only, before-and-after-school care, weekend care) are not included in the data.

Note: INCCRRA notes that, due to data reporting processes, some sessions may not be included in the data. Therefore the total licensed capacity reported here may not be identical to the true total licensed capacity. INCCRRA collects these data for purposes of parental referral, rather than for the specific purposes of the design of IECAM.

total reported capacity across sessions 2 years

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Date of data: December 2010 (FY 2011)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code, and school district.

Note: Child care centers report capacity by individual sessions. The individual sessions included in this count are: (1) Day; (2) Session 1; and (3) Session 2. These correspond approximately to full-day and half-day.

  • Among a total of 429 “Day” sessions, approximately 87.2% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 547 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 90.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 98.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 326 “Session 2” sessions, approximately 92.6% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 97.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend.See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2011” for details.

Note: The age group included in this total capacity is: Toddler, 24 – 35 months.

Note: The sum of the capacities of the individual age ranges (6 wks – 1 yr; 2 yrs; 3-4 and 5-K) is NOT the same as the Total Reported Capacity for a license-exempt child care center. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Centers have separate capacities for individual age ranges. They may fill these capacities as they see fit, as long as the total does not exceed their total capacity.
  • Centers may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total capacity of 20. In this case, they may serve 20 children in a full-day session; or they may serve, e.g., 20 2-year-old children in a morning session and 20 4-year-old children in an afternoon session. In this case, they will have two age range capacities of 20 (sum of 40) but a total capacity of 20.
  • Child care centers do not necessarily report all of their sessions, and thus all of their age-range capacities, to INCCRRA.
  • In its online database, IECAM reports only half-day and full-day sessions, i.e., those sessions that are typically used to determine daytime point-in-time capacity. Sessions that are not used for such determination (e.g., summer only, before-and-after-school care, weekend care) are not included in the data.

Note: INCCRRA notes that, due to data reporting processes, some sessions may not be included in the data. Therefore the total licensed capacity reported here may not be identical to the true total licensed capacity. INCCRRA collects these data for purposes of parental referral, rather than for the specific purposes of the design of IECAM.

total reported capacity across sessions 3 and 4 years and 5 to K

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Date of data: December 2010 (FY 2011)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code, and school district.

Note: Child care centers report capacity by individual sessions. The individual sessions included in this count are: (1) Day; (2) Session 1; and (3) Session 2. These correspond approximately to full-day and half-day.

  • Among a total of 429 “Day” sessions, approximately 87.2% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 547 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 90.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 98.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 326 “Session 2” sessions, approximately 92.6% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 97.2% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend.See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2011” for details.

Note: The age groups included in this total capacity are: (1) Preschool, 3 to 4 years (i.e., 36 months up to but not including 60 months); (2) Preschool, 5 years to K (i.e., 60 months up to but not including 72 months; may include some kindergartners).

Note: The sum of the capacities of the individual age ranges (6 wks – 1 yr; 2 yrs; 3-4 and 5-K) is NOT the same as the Total Reported Capacity for a license-exempt child care center. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Centers have separate capacities for individual age ranges. They may fill these capacities as they see fit, as long as the total does not exceed their total capacity.
  • Centers may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total capacity of 20. In this case, they may serve 20 children in a full-day session; or they may serve, e.g., 20 2-year-old children in a morning session and 20 4-year-old children in an afternoon session. In this case, they will have two age range capacities of 20 (sum of 40) but a total capacity of 20.
  • Child care centers do not necessarily report all of their sessions, and thus all of their age-range capacities, to INCCRRA.
  • In its online database, IECAM reports only half-day and full-day sessions, i.e., those sessions that are typically used to determine daytime point-in-time capacity. Sessions that are not used for such determination (e.g., summer only, before-and-after-school care, weekend care) are not included in the data.

Note: INCCRRA notes that, due to data reporting processes, some sessions may not be included in the data. Therefore the total licensed capacity reported here may not be identical to the true total licensed capacity. INCCRRA collects these data for purposes of parental referral, rather than for the specific purposes of the design of IECAM.

total reported capacity

Source of data: Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)

Date of data: December 2010 (FY 2011)

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, IL House district, IL Senate district, US Congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP code, and school district.

Note: The Total Reported Capacity for a license-exempt child care center is NOT the sum of the capacities of the individual age ranges (6 wks – 1 yr; 2 yrs; 3-4 and 5-K). (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Centers have separate capacities for individual age ranges. They may fill these capacities as they see fit, as long as the total does not exceed their total capacity.
  • Centers may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total capacity of 20. In this case, they may serve 20 children in a full-day session; or they may serve, e.g., 20 2-year-old children in a morning session and 20 4-year-old children in an afternoon session. In this case, they will have two age range capacities of 20 (sum of 40) but a total capacity of 20.
  • Child care centers do not necessarily report all of their sessions, and thus all of their age-range capacities, to INCCRRA.
  • In its online database, IECAM reports only half-day and full-day sessions, i.e., those sessions that are typically used to determine daytime point-in-time capacity. Sessions that are not used for such determination (e.g., summer only, before-and-after-school care, weekend care) are not included in the data.

Note: Total capacity is not the same as enrollment. The number of children enrolled may be more or less than the total capacity.

Note: This number reflects total capacity for all children 0 through 5. For total capacity by children 0 and 1; by children 2; and by children 3, 4, and 5, see “Total reported capacity across sessions 0 and 1 year,” “Total reported capacity across sessions 2 years,” and “Total reported capacity across sessions 3 and 4 years (and 5 to K).”

Note: INCCRRA notes that data for some centers are not included. Therefore, the total capacity reported here may not be identical to the true total capacity. INCCRRA collects these data for purposes of parental referral, rather than for the specific purposes of the design of IECAM.

Note: For additional information on DCFS’s definition of day care centers, see DCFS / Day Care and Early Childhood.

Note: Child care centers serve families and children from 6 weeks old up to 13 years of age.