Become a Child Care Provider

We are committed to meeting the growing need for quality child care throughout our service area. We work to develop additional child care resources and recruit new child care providers. Assistance and start up information is provided to individuals interested in caring for children in their home and start-up information is provided to those individuals interested in opening a child care center.

Some of the resources available include:

  • Getting Started Provider Packets for centers and homes
  • Technical assistance on child development and/or business-related issues
  • Data on supply and demand in a particular area
  • Listing on our child care provider database
  • Information about training and grant opportunities
Child outside at daycare

Visit The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Sunshine website to find more resources. 

You can find more information on opening and running a family child care by visiting Child Care Aware.

Starting Points for Family Child Care

SAL Child Care Connection offers a "Starting Points" Meeting for family child care providers. The meetings are held bi-monthly at SAL Child Care Connection, 3425 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, IL. Two meetings each year are held throughout our service delivery area.

Individuals who want to work in their own home and stay at home to spend more time with their own children while providing care for others' children could benefit from these sessions. Topics include preparing your home for children, setting daily schedules, promoting your business, communicating with parents, tax deductions, keeping records, creating contracts and policies, and more.

DCFS Contact Information

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is the agency responsible for licensing Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes. For more information, contact: Peoria Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 5414 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614, (309) 693-5400.

Peoria DCFS Office covers the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Bureau, LaSalle, Fulton, Marshall, Putnam, Stark.


We are the link between the early childhood care and education community and parents seeking referrals for their children. We maintain a database with accurate program information and enrollment vacancies for providers in the counties that we serve. All licensed early care and education centers and family child care homes are listed with the child care resource and referral program database and can receive referrals to their programs when parents call to locate child care or preschool services.

Contact us for more information on becoming a child care provider.