Effective Date: 07/01/00

Reference: Child Care Payment Rate Chart; Rate Certification Form; Cross Reference: 01.04.02 - School Age Children


Policy Statement:

A licensed child care provider or license-exempt child care center must notify the Department or its Agents of their published payment rates by completing a IL444-4469 - Child Care Rate Certification Form (pdf) or IL444-4469 S - Certificación Para Tarifa de Cuidado de Niños o Guardería (pdf) whenever one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • annually, for a Site Administered Child Care Provider upon renewal of a contract;
  • upon a change in licensing status (i.e. a change from license-exempt home provider to a licensed day care home provider); or
  • to report a rate change.

Procedure:

The rates listed on the attached payment rate chart are the maximum rates that the Illinois Department of Human Services will pay per day according to the type and location of care given.

Providers must not charge the State a higher rate for a parent receiving subsidized child care than is charged to their private paying clients. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Discounted rates charged to private paying parents who pay at the beginning of the week or month. The discounted pre-pay rate is the maximum that can be charged to the State of Illinois for a family receiving subsidized child care assistance.
  • Discounted rates or fee reductions to families with more than one child in care. The discounted sibling rate must be applied to the State of Illinois for a family receiving subsidized child care assistance in the same manner as is applied to private paying families.
  • Employee discounts.
  • Sliding Scale Rates.
  • Scholarships.

Use the part-day rate or school age rate if the care provided is less than 5 hours per day.

Use the full day rate if the care provided is from 5 through 12 hours per day.

If the care provided is more than 12 hours but less than 17 hours in a day, use the full day rate for the first 12 hours of care and the part day rate for the remainder.

If the care provided is from 17 to 24 hours in a day, use the full day rate for the first 12 hours and a full day rate for the remainder.