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Starting a Child Care Program





Learn more about becoming a licensed child care provider at our next free informational meeting:

June 17, 2014


YWCA Rockford Building

4990 East State Street

Rockford, IL 61108

Contact Kelli Johnson at 815.484.9442 ext. 205, to register!



Educational Training Sessions are now Available!

Our Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Kelli Johnson, will come to your home to provide an educational training session free of charge. After completing the session you will receive a 1-hour certificate that is accepted by DCFS for training hours. The following sessions are now available:

Building Your Contracts and Policies-Learn the components of writing a contract and good business communication practices with clients. An example contact and provider handbook will be provided. 

Benefits of Good Record Keeping-Learn the basic elements of record keeping, claiming food expenses, and deducting business expenses. This session will provide examples of items that may be deducted from taxes using the time/space percentage.

Boosting Your Marketing Techniques-Learn how to identify the features and benefits within your program and how to market to prospective clients. Also, learn ways to market to current clients at a low cost.

What can YWCA Child Care Solutions provide?


· In depth information on starting a child care business


    Download or visit the following sites for more information:


    DCFS Day Care Home Licensing Online Orientation


    Starting a Child Care Business (Family Day Care Homes and Centers)


    YWCA of Rockford Getting Started Flyer (Family Day Care Homes)


    YWCA of Rockford Getting Started Flyer (Family Day Care Homes) SPANISH


    DCFS Online Mandated Reporter Training


    Start Up Checklist (Courtesy of Tom Copeland) 


    What's Involved in Starting a Family Child Care Business in Illnois? (IELP) 


    Child Care Aware New Provider Website


    Food Programs



· Free listing on our provider referral database


· Information on training opportunities including workshops and seminars


· Self-Study modules


· Data on supply and demand in your zip codes


· Information about the Quality Rating and Improvement System




Licensing Information


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) is responsible for setting standards and licensing day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state. In June 2007, Illinois had 2,907 licensed day care centers, 10,051 licensed day care homes and 473 group day care homes with a combined capacity to serve more than 295 thousand children. Click on link below to visit IDCFS’s website:


Department of Children of Family Services Licensing Policy and Rules


Contact Kelli Johnson at 815.484.9442 ext. 205 to have a Child Care Program Start-up packet sent to you!


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