(20 ILCS 505/34.10) (from Ch. 23, par. 5034.10)
    Sec. 34.10. Home child care demonstration project; conversion and renovation grants; Department of Human Services.
    (a) The legislature finds that the demand for quality child care far outweighs the number of safe, quality spaces for our children. The purpose of this Section is to increase the number of child care providers by:
        (1) developing a demonstration project to train
    
individuals to become home child care providers who are able to establish and operate their own child care facility; and
        (2) providing grants to convert and renovate existing
    
facilities.
    (b) The Department of Human Services may from appropriations from the Child Care Development Block Grant establish a demonstration project to train individuals to become home child care providers who are able to establish and operate their own home-based child care facilities. The Department of Human Services is authorized to use funds for this purpose from the child care and development funds deposited into the DHS Special Purposes Trust Fund as described in Section 12-10 of the Illinois Public Aid Code and, until October 1, 1998, the Child Care and Development Fund created by the 87th General Assembly. As an economic development program, the project's focus is to foster individual self-sufficiency through an entrepreneurial approach by the creation of new jobs and opening of new small home-based child care businesses. The demonstration project shall involve coordination among State and county governments and the private sector, including but not limited to: the community college system, the Departments of Labor and Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the State Board of Education, large and small private businesses, nonprofit programs, unions, and child care providers in the State.
    The Department shall submit:
        (1) a progress report on the demonstration project to
    
the legislature by one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991; and
        (2) a final evaluation report on the demonstration
    
project, including findings and recommendations, to the legislature by one year after the due date of the progress report.
    (c) The Department of Human Services may from appropriations from the Child Care Development Block Grant provide grants to family child care providers and center based programs to convert and renovate existing facilities, to the extent permitted by federal law, so additional family child care homes and child care centers can be located in such facilities.
        (1) Applications for grants shall be made to the
    
Department and shall contain information as the Department shall require by rule. Every applicant shall provide assurance to the Department that:
            (A) the facility to be renovated or improved
        
shall be used as family child care home or child care center for a continuous period of at least 5 years;
            (B) any family child care home or child care
        
center program located in a renovated or improved facility shall be licensed by the Department;
            (C) the program shall comply with applicable
        
federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, or sex;
            (D) the grant shall not be used for purposes of
        
entertainment or perquisites;
            (E) the applicant shall comply with any other
        
requirement the Department may prescribe to ensure adherence to applicable federal, State, and county laws;
            (F) all renovations and improvements undertaken
        
with funds received under this Section shall comply with all applicable State and county statutes and ordinances including applicable building codes and structural requirements of the Department; and
            (G) the applicant shall indemnify and save
        
harmless the State and its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims arising out of or resulting from the renovation and improvements made with funds provided by this Section, and, upon request of the Department, the applicant shall procure sufficient insurance to provide that indemnification.
        (2) To receive a grant under this Section to convert
    
an existing facility into a family child care home or child care center facility, the applicant shall:
            (A) agree to make available to the Department of
        
Human Services all records it may have relating to the operation of any family child care home and child care center facility, and to allow State agencies to monitor its compliance with the purpose of this Section;
            (B) agree that, if the facility is to be altered
        
or improved, or is to be used by other groups, moneys appropriated by this Section shall be used for renovating or improving the facility only to the proportionate extent that the floor space will be used by the child care program; and
            (C) establish, to the satisfaction of the
        
Department that sufficient funds are available for the effective use of the facility for the purpose for which it is being renovated or improved.
        (3) In selecting applicants for funding, the
    
Department shall make every effort to ensure that family child care home or child care center facilities are equitably distributed throughout the State according to demographic need. The Department shall give priority consideration to rural/Downstate areas of the State that are currently experiencing a shortage of child care services.
        (4) In considering applications for grants to
    
renovate or improve an existing facility used for the operations of a family child care home or child care center, the Department shall give preference to applications to renovate facilities most in need of repair to address safety and habitability concerns. No grant shall be disbursed unless an agreement is entered into between the applicant and the State, by and through the Department. The agreement shall include the assurances and conditions required by this Section and any other terms which the Department may require.
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)