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Child Care Director (Day Care Center)

Occupation Child Care Director (Day Care Center)
Agency Department of Children and Family Services
Phone 217.785.2688
URL www.state.il.us/dcfs
Job Description An individual responsible for the planning and supervision of programs and activities for children, orientation of new staff, on-site supervision of all staff, and provision of on-going, in-service training to each staff member.
Statute Rule 407, Licensing Standards Day Care Centers
Type of Regulation Approval of employment at a licensed facility
Number Regulated 2,983 Licensed Day Care Centers
Age 21
Education/Experience
  1. High school diploma or equivalency certificate;
  2. The child care director of a facility serving the same number of groups of pre-school and school-age children or more groups of pre-school children than groups of school-age children must meet one of the following:
    1. Sixty semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with 18 semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development from birth to age six.
    2. Two years of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center, 30 semester hours of college credits with ten semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, and proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university until two years of college credit have been achieved. A total of 18 semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development is required to be obtained within the total two years of college credits.
    3. Completion of a Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition or the Certified Childcare Professional credential from the National Child Care Association; the completion of 12 semester hours in courses related to child care and/or child hours) child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten or licensed day care center;
  3. The child care director of a facility serving more groups of school-age children than groups of pre-school children must meet one of the following:
    1. Sixty semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with 18 semester hours in courses related to child care and/or child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields, including courses related to school-age children.
    2. Two years of child development experience in a recreational program, kindergarten, or licensed day care center serving school-age children or license exempt school-age child care program operated by a public or private school, 30 semester hours of college credits with ten semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields, and proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university until two years of college credit have been achieved. A total of 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping, or other related fields, including courses related to school-age children, is required to be obtained within the total two years of college credits;
  4. Completion of a training program accredited by the American Montessori Society or Association Montessori International may be substituted for the courses directly related to child care and/or child development. Persons holding a Montessori pre-primary credential may serve as director to children through age six. Persons holding a Montessori primary or elementary credential may serve as director to children six years of age or older.
Exam No written exam required
Exam Type NA
Administered NA
Exam Fee NA
Passing Criteria NA
Repeats NA
Continuing Education No requirement
Citizenship No requirement
Other Department review and approval of qualifications (transcript/CDA certificate and history of employment)
Note Licensure requirements, licensure fees, examination fees and exam administration are subject to change.
Application Fee NA
License Fee
Renewal Fee NA
Reinstatement Fee NA
License Period NA
Reciprocity/Endorsement No