University of Illinois Urbana‑Champaign

ExceleRate: Licensed Family Child Care Homes with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Ratings

About the data

Latest data: FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

For information on licensed family child care homes in general, see the separate definition pages for licensed family child care homes.

Source of definition:

Child care sites serve families and children from 6 weeks old up to age 13.

Data available on IECAM

Total number of sites

The number of licensed family child care homes that have an ExceleRate rating of bronze, silver, or gold in a geographic area (e.g., state or county)

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

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Notes:

  • Sites that are Head Start-only or Preschool for All-only are not included in these data.
  • Homes that served no children and homes that served “summer only” were not counted in the number of sites.

Licensed capacity across sessions 6 weeks – 1 year

For licensed family child care homes with ExceleRate ratings of bronze, silver, or gold, the licensed capacity across sessions serving children from 6 weeks through age 1

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

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Notes:

  • 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. Thus these data relate to children from 6 weeks through 23 months.
  • See the definition page for licensed family child care homes for additional general information on these sites.

Licensed capacity across sessions 2 years

For licensed family child care homes with ExceleRate ratings of bronze, silver, or gold, the licensed capacity across sessions serving children age 2

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

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Notes:

  • The age group included in this total capacity is Toddler, 24 – 35 months.
  • See the definition page for licensed family child care homes for additional general information on these sites.

Licensed capacity across sessions 3 and 4 years and 5 to K

For licensed family child care homes with ExceleRate ratings of bronze, silver, or gold, the licensed capacity across sessions serving children ages 3 and 4 and children age 5 not yet in kindergarten.

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

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Notes:

  • 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) and (2) Preschool, 5 years to K (i.e., 60 months up to but not including 72 months; may include some kindergartners).
  • See Child Care: Licensed Family Child Care Homes for additional general information on these sites.

Total licensed capacity

For licensed family child care homes with ExceleRate ratings of bronze, silver, or gold, the total licensed capacity of the home.

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

Geographic region: These data are available by state, county, township, state House district, state Senate district, congressional district, ISBE region, IDHS region, municipality, ZIP Code ZCTA, ZIP Code postal, unit and elementary school district, and Chicago Community Area.

Notes:

  • The “total capacity across sessions” operated by a family child care home may be greater than the “total capacity” at any one time for the family child care home. For example, a family child care home that has a “total capacity” of five children at any one time may serve five children in one all-day session (for a total of five children served). There are a small number of homes that serve children in half-day sessions. These may serve five children in each of two half-day sessions (for a total of 10 children served).
  • The “total capacity across sessions” for children under age 2, children age 2, and children ages 3 and 4 operated by a family child care home may also be less than the “total capacity” at any one time for the family child care home, as reported in IECAM. For example, a family child care home that has a “total capacity” of six children at any one time may serve only four children age 0-5, the other two children being school-age.
  • Total licensed capacity is not the same as enrollment. The number of children enrolled may be less than the total licensed capacity.
  • INCCRRA notes that data for some sites 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.