Health, Safety and Child Development Training Notice for License-Exempt Homes in the Child Care Assistance Program

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License-Exempt Child Care Provider Health, Safety and Child Development Training Requirements (pdf)

VERSION EN ESPAÑOL: Requisitos de Entrenamiento en Salud, Seguridad y Desarrollo del Niño para Proveedores de Cuidado de Niños Exentos de Licencia

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Revised 4/10/17

CCAP License-Exempt Child Care Home Providers Must Complete Training 

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) partners with child care providers to serve low income families through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). To help ensure the health and safety of children, the Federal government is now requiring that providers complete specific health, safety and child development training, have current CPR/First Aid certification, and complete annual training hours.

Who is required to complete training?

In Illinois, all current license-exempt family child care providers participating in CCAP will have minimum training requirements. In order for a current provider to continue receiving CCAP payments, trainings listed on the back page must be completed by the specified dates.

Who benefits from this training?

Trainings will give providers important and up-to-date information about the best health, safety and child development practices to be used in a child care setting. All children in a child care setting can benefit from a safer and healthier environment, and parents can feel more confident about their child's care.

Where can providers get the training?

The chart on the back of this sheet details where license-exempt family child care providers can access their trainings, who must complete the trainings and when the trainings must be completed. Much of the required training is available online. CPR/First Aid training and re-certification must be completed face-to-face and be provided by an approved training organization. Providers can contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency for more information.

How is training completion tracked?

All license-exempt family child care providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program must register with the Gateways to Opportunity Registry. This allows required training to be tracked. Go to https://registry.ilgateways.com/ to become a member.

What if caregivers have already completed some or all of the training?

Training on specific health, safety and child development topics has already been available in Illinois. You have achieved the ECE Credential Level 1 if you completed all of the trainings on the back side of the page and completion is documented in the Gateways Registry. If you have taken some of the modules on the back side of this notice in the last five years, you will be given credit for those modules and you do not have to take them again as long as all are documented in the Gateways Registry. It's important that all training is completed by the specified dates on the back side of this page.

Several Gateways Credentials align with the required training. If you hold one of the following Credentials, and it is current, you have met the requirements of the ECE Credential Level 1 training: ECE Credential Level 3-6; Infant Toddler Credential Level 3-5; IDC Levels I-III; and FCC Credential Levels 2-5. This list and additional resources can be found at www.ilgateways.com. Remember, training completion and credential attainment must be recorded in the Gateways Registry in order to get credit.

IDHS Child Care Assistance Program Training Requirements

Note: License-exempt child care providers MUST be members of the Gateways Registry to track training completion. Caregivers should register at: https://registry.ilgateways.com/

License-Exempt Family Child Care Home

Who must complete training?

  • Primary caregiver providing license-exempt child care (includes relatives and non-relative providers.)
  • To continue receiving CCAP payments, primary caregivers must complete the following modules by September 30, 2017.
Must Complete
Where to find the Training

Primary caregivers providing license-exempt child care serving all ages of children:

1. The following modules of the Illinois ECE Credential Level 1 Tier 1 -

  1. 1, Child Growth and Development
  2. 2A, Health Issues in Group Care
  3. 2B, Nutrition Issues in Group Care
  4. 2C, Safety Issues in Group Care

Online training is available through Gateways Registry at: https://registry.ilgateways.com or contact local CCR&R for face-to-face training.

2. CPR/First Aid Certification
Contact your local CCR&R for training or a list of organizations that offer approved training.
3. Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training
4. What is CCAP?
Online training is available through Gateways Registry or contact local CCR&R for face-to-face training

To continue receiving CCAP payments, primary caregivers must complete the following modules by September 30, 2018.

Must Complete
Where to find the Training

5. The following modules of the Illinois ECE Credential Level 1: Tiers 2 and 3-

Tier 2

e) 3, Observation and Guidance

f) 4, Learning Happens in Relationships

g) 5, Family and Community Relationships

h) 6, Personal and Professional Development

Tier 3

i) 7A, Child Growth & Development (Birth- 8 months)

j) 7B, Child Growth & Development (8-18 months)

k) 7C, Child Growth and Development (18-36 months)

l) 8A, Preschool Child, Social & Emotional Development

m) 8B, Preschool Child, Physical Development

n) 8C, Preschool Child, Language Development

o) 8D, Preschool Child, Cognitive Development

p) 9, School Age Development

Online training is available in English only, through Gateways Registry at https://registry.ilgateways.com or contact local CCR&R for face-to-face training in English & Spanish.

Questions and Comments should be directed to dhs.ccap-reauth@illinois.gov.