Statewide Information Resource & Referral for Advocacy & Service for People with Developmental Disabilities

Day Care and Early Childhood

Crisis Nursery Coalition of Illinois
The Coalition is made up of six independent non-profit organizations throughout Illinois. The nurseries provide short-term care for children aged six and under whose families are experiencing a crisis. Family support programs also help families after the fact. Crisis nurseries are located in Bloomington, Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield and Urbana.

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
The Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative at the University of Illinois is home to more than a dozen projects focused on the education, care, and parenting of young children.

Early Choices – A Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education
Early CHOICES is a Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. We promote increasing high quality inclusive education for each and every preschool aged child by providing technical assistance and professional development to early childhood professionals and families in Illinois.

Illinois Dept. of Child & Family Services Day Care and Early Childhood Information
DCFS is responsible for setting standards and licensing day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state. In February 2003, Illinois had 2,840 licensed day care centers, 10,609 licensed day care homes and 291 group day care homes with a combined capacity to serve more than 290 thousand children.

Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Rules
The official version of the rules is available by contacting the Administrative Code Division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office in Springfield, Illinois. Illinois statutes are available in the book “Laws of Illinois,” published by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office in Springfield, Illinois.

Illinois Early Learning Project
The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in the State of Illinois. The Web site offers printable Tip Sheets for caregivers and parents, Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers), a customized question-answering service, a statewide calendar of events for parents and caregivers, and more.

Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA)
The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is an organization of regional Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies serving communities throughout the state of Illinois.

Illinois STARNET Regions
Contact information from the Illinois State Board of Education for STARNET Regions statewide. Helping Illinois’ young children reach for the stars by supporting those who educate and care for them.

Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers and Homes
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for licensing day care centers. When a day care center is licensed, it means that a DCFS licensing representative has inspected the facility and the facility was found to meet the minimum licensing requirements. Family homes in which care is provided for more than three children, including the caregiver’s own children, related and unrelated children, must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

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