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Licensing update from DCFS You received the Guidance for Child Care Centers, Child Care Homes and Early Education Programs from DCFS which states: Effective March 21, 2020 all child care homes licensed by DCFS are closed. In response to this closure, the Illinois Child Care Bureau (your food program sponsor) marked all KidKare calendars as “school vacation” from March 17 – April 30, 2020 (similar to marking all calendars “school vacation” for the summer).
The Guidance also states the following for Emergency Child Care Homes: Effective March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues, child care homes may serve up to six children as a legally license-exempt home. No application or registration is required. Providers must follow appropriate health practices. Providers who are in a higher risk group for COVID-19, such as those over age 60 or with a pre-existing health condition, are discouraged from providing care during the time of the public health emergency.
Food Program Updates Are you operating an emergency child care home? If so, you may continue to receive food program reimbursement for up to six enrolled children of essential workers (0-12 years). This includes your own/foster/residential children (0-12 years). You may not substitute children from day to day unless one of the original six children of essential workers no longer needs your care. In addition, you are required serve the meals/snacks in your home and record menus/attendance based on the meal patterns. Please submit your menus within the food program stated timeframes.
If your emergency child care home offers both day care and night care, then you may serve up to six enrolled children of essential workers (0 – 12 years) including your own/foster/residential children (0-12 years). You may care for one set of six children (of essential workers) for day care (6 am – 6 pm) and a second set of six children (of essential workers ages 0 – 12 years) for night care (6 pm – midnight) only if the day care children leave prior to the night care children arriving. The capacity of up to six children must include your own/foster/residential children (0 – 12 years) and applies on both shifts for the remainder of the public health emergency.
Your April food program reimbursement will be based on the new DCFS licensing standards. Please continue to follow the Infant Meal Pattern and the Meal Pattern for Children (in your ILLINOIS CHILD CARE BUREAU PROVIDER GUIDEBOOK).
If you are not operating an emergency child care home (March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues), please email the Illinois Child Care Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or mark your KidKare calendar closed as soon as possible.
Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency to learn more about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). For more information, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21355
Please email us with your questions.
Cathy Isaacson Cathy@IllinoisChildren.com
Kim Klimek Kim@IllinoisChildren.com
Sarah Quinones Sarah@IllinoisChildren.com
ICCB Contact Information
The Illinois Child Care Bureau office is located at
5440 N. Cumberland, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60656.
Or contact us at Info@IllinoisChildren.com.
A Provider You Should Know
Ms. Estella Pegues
For the past 17 years, Mrs. Estella Pegues has owned and operated Home Sweet Home Child Care Services located on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Prior to opening her home day care, Mrs. Pegues was a secretary for 20 years. Mrs. Pegues and her husband Johnie raised six sons. Mrs. Pegues discovered she enjoyed the frequent visits of their son’s friends and that their friends enjoyed being in her home, so she decided to dedicate her home and career to caring for children. Shortly after opening the day care, Johnie quit his job and Estella and Johnie have been a day care home team ever since. …
KidKare is the online claiming method for day care home providers to access Child and Adult Care Food Program funds.
KidKare is free, user-friendly, works on a Mac/PC/smartphone/iPad/tablet – anything with an internet connection. You can use most major browsers too.
Need your login and password? Call the ICCB office at 773.444.0115 or send an email to Info@IllinoisChildren.com.