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Licensed family child care homes FY2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) uses the term “Day Care Home.” Day care homes are “family homes in which care is provided for more than three children, including the caregiver’s own children, related and unrelated children.” These homes must be licensed by DCFS.

Source of definition: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes

Date of definition: December 2012

Note: View definitions of data variables related to licensed family child care homes:

number of sites

The minimum known number of family child care homes 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: June 2012 (FY 2012)

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

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers report to INCCRRA.

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 licensed capacity across sessions 6 weeks - 1 year

This number is the minimum known capacity for each individual session serving children 0 and 1 year of age.

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

Date of data: June 2012 (FY 2012)

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

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers that report to INCCRRA report their capacity by age groups.

Note on full-day and half-day sessions: Family child care homes 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 23,826 “Day” sessions, approximately 99.9% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 72 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 15.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 69.4% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 4 “Session 2” sessions, 100.0% of sessions accept children “part-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend. See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2012” 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. Licensed child care centers and family child care homes 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 Licensed Capacity for a family child care home. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Homes 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 licensed capacity.
  • Homes may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total licensed 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 licensed capacity of 20.
  • Family child care homes 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: 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 licensed capacity across sessions 2 years

This number is the minimum known capacity for each individual session serving children 2 years of age.

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

Date of data: June 2012 (FY 2012)

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

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers that report to INCCRRA report their capacity by age groups.

Note on full-day and half-day sessions: Family child care homes 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 23,826 “Day” sessions, approximately 99.9% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 72 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 15.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 69.4% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 4 “Session 2” sessions, 100.0% of sessions accept children “part-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend. See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2012” 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 Licensed Capacity for a family child care home. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Homes 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 licensed capacity.
  • Homes may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total licensed 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 licensed capacity of 20.
  • Family child care homes 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: 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 licensed capacity across sessions 3 and 4 years and 5-K

This number is the minimum known capacity for each individual session serving children 3 and 4 years of age (and 5 to K).

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

Date of data: June 2012 (FY 2012)

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

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers that report to INCCRRA report their capacity by age groups.

Note on full-day and half-day sessions: Family child care homes 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 23,826 “Day” sessions, approximately 99.9% of sessions accept children “full-time” or “both full-time and part-time.”
  • Among a total of 72 “Session 1” sessions, approximately 15.3% of sessions accept children “part-time”; and approximately 69.4% of sessions accept children “part-time” or “both part-time and full-time.”
  • Among a total of 4 “Session 2” sessions, 100.0% of sessions accept children “part-time.”

Sessions not included in this count are: evening, overnight, weekend. See the document “Calculation of full time and part time by shift. FY2012” 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: Sessions that include school-age children are not included in IECAM.

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 Licensed Capacity for a family child care home. (It might coincidentally the same in a few cases.) Differences result from the following conditions:

  • Homes 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 licensed capacity.
  • Homes may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total licensed 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 licensed capacity of 20.
  • Family child care homes 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: 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 licensed capacity

This number is the minimum known capacity of children that a family child care home is licensed to serve at any one time.

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

Date of data: June 2012 (FY 2012)

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

Note: The number reported here is the “minimum known” because not all centers that report to INCCRRA report their capacity by age groups.

Note: The Total Licensed Capacity for a family child care home 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:

  • Homes 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 licensed capacity.
  • Homes may serve children in full-day or half-day sessions. They may have a total licensed 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 licensed capacity of 20.
  • Family child care homes 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: 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 homes, see DCFS / Day Care and Early Childhood.

Note: Licensed family child care homes serve up to a total of 12 children who are up to 12 years of age. Several categories of children’s age groupings are permitted. These are explained in the Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes. (See Link above.)