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(225 ILCS 10/2.09)
(from Ch. 23, par. 2212.09)
"Day care center" means any child care facility which regularly
provides day care for less than 24 hours per day for (1) more than 8 children
in a family home, or (2) more than 3 children in a facility other than a
family home, including senior citizen buildings.
The term does not include:
(a) programs operated by (i) public or private
elementary school systems or secondary level school units or institutions of higher learning that serve children who shall have attained the age of 3 years or (ii) private entities on the grounds of public or private elementary or secondary schools and that serve children who have attained the age of 3 years, except that this exception applies only to the facility and not to the private entities' personnel operating the program;
(b) programs or that portion of the program which
serves children who shall have attained the age of 3 years and which are recognized by the State Board of Education;
(c) educational program or programs serving children
who shall have attained the age of 3 years and which are operated by a school which is registered with the State Board of Education and which is recognized or accredited by a recognized national or multistate educational organization or association which regularly recognizes or accredits schools;
(d) programs which exclusively serve or that portion
of the program which serves children with disabilities who shall have attained the age of 3 years but are less than 21 years of age and which are registered and approved as meeting standards of the State Board of Education and applicable fire marshal standards;
(e) facilities operated in connection with a shopping
center or service, religious services, or other similar facility, where transient children are cared for temporarily while parents or custodians of the children are occupied on the premises and readily available;
(f) any type of day care center that is conducted on
federal government premises;
(g) special activities programs, including athletics,
crafts instruction, and similar activities conducted on an organized and periodic basis by civic, charitable and governmental organizations;
(h) part day child care facilities, as defined in
Section 2.10 of this Act;
(i) programs or that portion of
the program which:
(1) serves children who shall have attained the
(2) is operated by churches or religious
institutions as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code;
no governmental aid;
(4) is operated as a component of a religious,
nonprofit elementary school;
(5) operates primarily to provide religious
(6) meets appropriate State or local health and
fire safety standards; or
(j) programs or portions of programs that:
(1) serve only school-age children and youth
(defined as full-time kindergarten children, as defined in 89 Ill. Adm. Code 407.45, or older);
(2) are organized to promote childhood learning,
child and youth development, educational or recreational activities, or character-building;
(3) operate primarily during out-of-school time
or at times when school is not normally in session;
(4) comply with the standards of the Illinois
Department of Public Health (77 Ill. Adm. Code 750) or the local health department, the Illinois State Fire Marshal (41 Ill. Adm. Code 100), and the following additional health and safety requirements: procedures for employee and volunteer emergency preparedness and practice drills; procedures to ensure that first aid kits are maintained and ready to use; the placement of a minimum level of liability insurance as determined by the Department; procedures for the availability of a working telephone that is onsite and accessible at all times; procedures to ensure that emergency phone numbers are posted onsite; and a restriction on handgun or weapon possession onsite, except if possessed by a peace officer;
(5) perform and maintain authorization and
results of criminal history checks through the Illinois State Police and FBI and checks of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, the National Sex Offender Registry, and Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System for employees and volunteers who work directly with children;
(6) make hiring decisions in accordance with the
prohibitions against barrier crimes as specified in Section 4.2 of this Act or in Section 21B-80 of the School Code;
(7) provide parents with written disclosure that
the operations of the program are not regulated by licensing requirements; and
(8) obtain and maintain records showing the first
and last name and date of birth of the child, name, address, and telephone number of each parent, emergency contact information, and written authorization for medical care.
Programs or portions of programs requesting Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funding and otherwise meeting the requirements under item (j) shall request exemption from the Department and be determined exempt prior to receiving funding and must annually meet the eligibility requirements and be appropriate for payment under the CCAP.
Programs or portions of programs under item (j) that do not receive State or federal funds must comply with staff qualification and training standards established by rule by the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services shall set such standards after review of Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) evidence-based quality standards developed for school-age out-of-school time programs, feedback from the school-age out-of-school time program professionals, and review of out-of-school time professional development frameworks and quality tools.
Out-of-school time programs for school-age youth that receive State or federal funds must comply with only those staff qualifications and training standards set for the program by the State or federal entity issuing the funds.
For purposes of items (a), (b), (c), (d), and (i) of this Section,
"children who shall have attained the age of 3 years" shall mean children
who are 3 years of age, but less than 4 years of age, at the time of
enrollment in the program.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-699, eff. 7-29-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)