Are home day care providers exempt from inspections?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 12:01 am

I notice there are several home day care providers in Quincy. Are they exempt from inspections? I wonder about the cleanliness, safety and how well-staffed they are?

Home day cares in Illinois are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and are subject to inspections. The agency says its inspections or monitoring take place at various times.

During the initial licensing period, unannounced monitoring takes place at least monthly, and a follow-up visit occurs within 60 days of a provider getting a license.

The department also does annual unannounced visits in years between the initial license and renewals. There also is protection plan monitoring when a facility is undergoing an investigation into child abuse and neglect allegations, correction plan monitoring, and post-complaint monitoring.

Some home day cares can operate without a license.

"Without a license, someone in their own home can only care for three children under the age of 12, including their own," said a DCFS spokeswoman in an email. "This excludes relatives' children (grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews) or children from one single family (e.g. your neighbor has four kids and you have three). This is not at any one time. This is altogether."

DCFS provides licensing information at

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