Latest data: 2019

Family child care provides care for groups of children in a homelike setting.

  • Licensed Family Child Care may care for up to eight children (including their own), or for up to 12 children with an assistant.
  • License-Exempt Family Child Care (such as Family, Friend and Neighbor) may care for three or fewer children (including their own), or children from one family. This care can be offered in the caregiver’s home or in the child’s home.

Source of definitionIllinois Department of Human Services

Available Data

For Licensed Family Child Care Homes: Number of Sites, Total Reported Capacity by Session (6 wks- 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3-4 yrs and 5 yrs), Total Licensed Capacity.

For Licensed Family Child Care Homes in ExceleRate program: Total number of sites, Number of Sites with Licensed Circle of Quality, Number of Sites with Bronze Rating, Number of Sites with Silver Rating, Number of Sites with Gold Rating.

For Licensed Family Child Care Homes with ExceleRate Bronze: Total Number of Sites with ExceleRate Bronze, Licensed Capacity by Session (6 wks- 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3-4 yrs and 5 yrs), Total Licensed Capacity.

For Licensed Family Child Care Homes with ExceleRate Silver: Total Number of Sites with ExceleRate Silver, Licensed Capacity by Session (6 wks- 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3-4 yrs and 5 yrs), Total Licensed Capacity.

For Licensed Family Child Care Homes with Excelerate Gold: Total Number of Sites with ExceleRate Gold, Licensed Capacity by Session (6 wks- 1 yr, 2 yrs, 3-4 yrs and 5 yrs), Total Licensed Capacity.

Source of definition: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).