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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of Illinois Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of Illinois. This information is a brief synopsis and does not include all of the detailed requirements needed to satisfy the governing authorities for Child Care Licensing, Building Code, Fire Code, Accessibility, or local Zoning. These guidelines are for general information and planning purposes. Contact the governing authority directly or engage a Licensed Architect to complete a full analysis of your school location.

ILLINOIS Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

406 East Monroe Street, Station 60, Springfield, IL 62701-1498

https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/aboutus/notices/Documents/Rules_407.pdf#search=child%20care%20center%20regulations

(217) 785-2688

License renewal is required every three years.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per child

  

0-14 Mos.

15-23 Mos.

2 Years

3 Years

4 Years

5 Years

6+ Years

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:4

1:5

1:8

1:10

1:10

1:20

1:20

Required

Max. Group Size

12

15

16

20

20

20

30

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

12

15

16

20

20

20

30

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

3

3

2

2

2

1

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

420 sf.

525 sf.

560 sf.

700 sf.

700 sf.

700 sf.

1050 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 75 sf per child

  • The play area must be enclosed by a 4′ high fence or wall.
  • The outdoor play area shall accommodate 25% of the licensed capacity at any one time.
  • The outdoor play area shall be arranged so that all areas are visible to staff at all times.
  • When resilient materials become packed, they shall be raked and/or turned to restore resilience.

Building Code Requirements

child care child toilet child care adult toilet child care drinking fountain child care mop sink child care bath tub

CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1:​15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2009 International Building Code

Fire Code Requirements

2

Tornado drills shall be conducted twice a year.

50

Classroom areas for reading shall have 50 foot candles of light on the work surface.

1.5

In Infant and Toddler areas, there shall be no objects that are less than one and a half inches in diameter.

2009 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

child care playground Building areas used for child care may be shared by other groups of people outside of the hours of operation. Child care window blinds All new and replacement window coverings shall be cordless. Child care cleaning Major cleaning shall not be done while children are present.

To access Illinois Child Care requirements along with other states please see our interactive Child Care Requirements US map here.

Research completed by Calbert Design Group, LLC.  Updated 2019