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Full Text of HB3566  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/17/2023, by Rep. Joyce Mason


225 ILCS 10/7  from Ch. 23, par. 2217

    Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the minimum standards for child care licensing include regulations to allow for staffing flexibility of qualified early childhood assistants to enable the early childhood assistants to supervise a classroom outside of the core developmental hours of the day, which shall not exceed more than 3 consecutive hours.

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Child Care Act of 1969 is amended by
5changing Section 7 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 10/7)  (from Ch. 23, par. 2217)
7    Sec. 7. (a) The Department must prescribe and publish
8minimum standards for licensing that apply to the various
9types of facilities for child care defined in this Act and that
10are equally applicable to like institutions under the control
11of the Department and to foster family homes used by and under
12the direct supervision of the Department. The Department shall
13seek the advice and assistance of persons representative of
14the various types of child care facilities in establishing
15such standards. The standards prescribed and published under
16this Act take effect as provided in the Illinois
17Administrative Procedure Act, and are restricted to
18regulations pertaining to the following matters and to any
19rules and regulations required or permitted by any other
20Section of this Act:
21        (1) The operation and conduct of the facility and
22    responsibility it assumes for child care;
23        (2) The character, suitability and qualifications of



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1    the applicant and other persons directly responsible for
2    the care and welfare of children served. All child day
3    care center licensees and employees who are required to
4    report child abuse or neglect under the Abused and
5    Neglected Child Reporting Act shall be required to attend
6    training on recognizing child abuse and neglect, as
7    prescribed by Department rules;
8        (3) The general financial ability and competence of
9    the applicant to provide necessary care for children and
10    to maintain prescribed standards;
11        (4) The number of individuals or staff required to
12    insure adequate supervision and care of the children
13    received. The standards shall provide that each child care
14    institution, maternity center, day care center, group
15    home, day care home, and group day care home shall have on
16    its premises during its hours of operation at least one
17    staff member certified in first aid, in the Heimlich
18    maneuver and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the
19    American Red Cross or other organization approved by rule
20    of the Department. Child welfare agencies shall not be
21    subject to such a staffing requirement. The Department may
22    offer, or arrange for the offering, on a periodic basis in
23    each community in this State in cooperation with the
24    American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or
25    other appropriate organization, voluntary programs to
26    train operators of foster family homes and day care homes



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1    in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
2        (4.5) Provisions to allow for staffing flexibility of
3    qualified early childhood assistants to enable the early
4    childhood assistants to supervise a classroom outside of
5    the core developmental hours of the day, which shall not
6    exceed more than 3 consecutive hours;
7        (5) The appropriateness, safety, cleanliness, and
8    general adequacy of the premises, including maintenance of
9    adequate fire prevention and health standards conforming
10    to State laws and municipal codes to provide for the
11    physical comfort, care, and well-being of children
12    received;
13        (6) Provisions for food, clothing, educational
14    opportunities, program, equipment and individual supplies
15    to assure the healthy physical, mental, and spiritual
16    development of children served;
17        (7) Provisions to safeguard the legal rights of
18    children served;
19        (8) Maintenance of records pertaining to the
20    admission, progress, health, and discharge of children,
21    including, for day care centers and day care homes,
22    records indicating each child has been immunized as
23    required by State regulations. The Department shall
24    require proof that children enrolled in a facility have
25    been immunized against Haemophilus Influenzae B (HIB);
26        (9) Filing of reports with the Department;



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1        (10) Discipline of children;
2        (11) Protection and fostering of the particular
3    religious faith of the children served;
4        (12) Provisions prohibiting firearms on day care
5    center premises except in the possession of peace
6    officers;
7        (13) Provisions prohibiting handguns on day care home
8    premises except in the possession of peace officers or
9    other adults who must possess a handgun as a condition of
10    employment and who reside on the premises of a day care
11    home;
12        (14) Provisions requiring that any firearm permitted
13    on day care home premises, except handguns in the
14    possession of peace officers, shall be kept in a
15    disassembled state, without ammunition, in locked storage,
16    inaccessible to children and that ammunition permitted on
17    day care home premises shall be kept in locked storage
18    separate from that of disassembled firearms, inaccessible
19    to children;
20        (15) Provisions requiring notification of parents or
21    guardians enrolling children at a day care home of the
22    presence in the day care home of any firearms and
23    ammunition and of the arrangements for the separate,
24    locked storage of such firearms and ammunition;
25        (16) Provisions requiring all licensed child care
26    facility employees who care for newborns and infants to



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1    complete training every 3 years on the nature of sudden
2    unexpected infant death (SUID), sudden infant death
3    syndrome (SIDS), and the safe sleep recommendations of the
4    American Academy of Pediatrics; and
5        (17) With respect to foster family homes, provisions
6    requiring the Department to review quality of care
7    concerns and to consider those concerns in determining
8    whether a foster family home is qualified to care for
9    children.
10    By July 1, 2022, all licensed day care home providers,
11licensed group day care home providers, and licensed day care
12center directors and classroom staff shall participate in at
13least one training that includes the topics of early childhood
14social emotional learning, infant and early childhood mental
15health, early childhood trauma, or adverse childhood
16experiences. Current licensed providers, directors, and
17classroom staff shall complete training by July 1, 2022 and
18shall participate in training that includes the above topics
19at least once every 3 years.
20    (b) If, in a facility for general child care, there are
21children diagnosed as mentally ill or children diagnosed as
22having an intellectual or physical disability, who are
23determined to be in need of special mental treatment or of
24nursing care, or both mental treatment and nursing care, the
25Department shall seek the advice and recommendation of the
26Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health,



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1or both Departments regarding the residential treatment and
2nursing care provided by the institution.
3    (c) The Department shall investigate any person applying
4to be licensed as a foster parent to determine whether there is
5any evidence of current drug or alcohol abuse in the
6prospective foster family. The Department shall not license a
7person as a foster parent if drug or alcohol abuse has been
8identified in the foster family or if a reasonable suspicion
9of such abuse exists, except that the Department may grant a
10foster parent license to an applicant identified with an
11alcohol or drug problem if the applicant has successfully
12participated in an alcohol or drug treatment program,
13self-help group, or other suitable activities and if the
14Department determines that the foster family home can provide
15a safe, appropriate environment and meet the physical and
16emotional needs of children.
17    (d) The Department, in applying standards prescribed and
18published, as herein provided, shall offer consultation
19through employed staff or other qualified persons to assist
20applicants and licensees in meeting and maintaining minimum
21requirements for a license and to help them otherwise to
22achieve programs of excellence related to the care of children
23served. Such consultation shall include providing information
24concerning education and training in early childhood
25development to providers of day care home services. The
26Department may provide or arrange for such education and



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1training for those providers who request such assistance.
2    (e) The Department shall distribute copies of licensing
3standards to all licensees and applicants for a license. Each
4licensee or holder of a permit shall distribute copies of the
5appropriate licensing standards and any other information
6required by the Department to child care facilities under its
7supervision. Each licensee or holder of a permit shall
8maintain appropriate documentation of the distribution of the
9standards. Such documentation shall be part of the records of
10the facility and subject to inspection by authorized
11representatives of the Department.
12    (f) The Department shall prepare summaries of day care
13licensing standards. Each licensee or holder of a permit for a
14day care facility shall distribute a copy of the appropriate
15summary and any other information required by the Department,
16to the legal guardian of each child cared for in that facility
17at the time when the child is enrolled or initially placed in
18the facility. The licensee or holder of a permit for a day care
19facility shall secure appropriate documentation of the
20distribution of the summary and brochure. Such documentation
21shall be a part of the records of the facility and subject to
22inspection by an authorized representative of the Department.
23    (g) The Department shall distribute to each licensee and
24holder of a permit copies of the licensing or permit standards
25applicable to such person's facility. Each licensee or holder
26of a permit shall make available by posting at all times in a



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1common or otherwise accessible area a complete and current set
2of licensing standards in order that all employees of the
3facility may have unrestricted access to such standards. All
4employees of the facility shall have reviewed the standards
5and any subsequent changes. Each licensee or holder of a
6permit shall maintain appropriate documentation of the current
7review of licensing standards by all employees. Such records
8shall be part of the records of the facility and subject to
9inspection by authorized representatives of the Department.
10    (h) Any standards involving physical examinations,
11immunization, or medical treatment shall include appropriate
12exemptions for children whose parents object thereto on the
13grounds that they conflict with the tenets and practices of a
14recognized church or religious organization, of which the
15parent is an adherent or member, and for children who should
16not be subjected to immunization for clinical reasons.
17    (i) The Department, in cooperation with the Department of
18Public Health, shall work to increase immunization awareness
19and participation among parents of children enrolled in day
20care centers and day care homes by publishing on the
21Department's website information about the benefits of
22immunization against vaccine preventable diseases, including
23influenza and pertussis. The information for vaccine
24preventable diseases shall include the incidence and severity
25of the diseases, the availability of vaccines, and the
26importance of immunizing children and persons who frequently



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1have close contact with children. The website content shall be
2reviewed annually in collaboration with the Department of
3Public Health to reflect the most current recommendations of
4the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The
5Department shall work with day care centers and day care homes
6licensed under this Act to ensure that the information is
7annually distributed to parents in August or September.
8    (j) Any standard adopted by the Department that requires
9an applicant for a license to operate a day care home to
10include a copy of a high school diploma or equivalent
11certificate with his or her application shall be deemed to be
12satisfied if the applicant includes a copy of a high school
13diploma or equivalent certificate or a copy of a degree from an
14accredited institution of higher education or vocational
15institution or equivalent certificate.
16(Source: P.A. 102-4, eff. 4-27-21.)