The following is a list of steps that will aid you and your organization in opening a child care center in DuPage County.
Step One: The Initial Inquiry
Contact Environmental Health (EH) Services for information regarding standards, plan review guidelines and any questions regarding your project. If serving food, a food permit is required. A copy of our food construction guide and plan review application is available upon request.
Step Two: Submit Plans
One set of building plans are to be submitted, including the child care facility plan review guide. If serving food, a food service plan review form and food service plan review fee payable to DuPage County Health Department will also be required.
Step Three: The Review Process
The area EH Specialist reviews the plans.
Step Four: Approval Process
Plans may need additional information or changes prior to approval. In addition to personal consultations, correspondence indicating the status of a proposed plan for a child care center will be sent to the applicant.
Step Five: Initiate On-Site Construction
Upon receipt of all necessary information and approval of plans, notification is sent to the applicant to begin construction. The approval letter details a series of inspections that are required prior to your opening day.
Step Six: Inspection
Listed below are inspections that will need to be scheduled with the area EH Specialist.
Child Care Center Opening Checklist
Contact the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for licensing information
Contact your local building and zoning department for their requirements
Contact your area EH Specialist at the local public health center
Submit complete building plans and plan review forms
Submit plan review fee, if serving food and enroll in a Certified Food Protection Manager course to obtain manager certification