Professional Development - Health and Safety Training

IDHS Health, Safety and Child Development Trainings for All CCAP Providers

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) partners with child care providers to serve low income families through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). To ensure the health and safety of children, the Federal government is now requiring that providers who receive CCAP funds complete specific child development, health, and safety trainings and have a current CPR/First Aid certification by September 30, 2018 in order to continue receiving CCAP funds.

Child care providers receiving CCAP funds MUST be members of the Gateways to Opportunity Registry and track their training, Credentials and certifications in the Gateways to Opportunity Registry. Gateways to Opportunity Registry membership must be renewed every year.

To become a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Member visit: https://registry.ilgateways.com

Who is Required to Complete Training?

Licensed Centers and License-Exempt Centers participating in CCAP

  • Director(s) — individual(s) who has primary responsibility for the daily operations management of the center.
  • Teacher(s) — includes lead teachers, teachers, teacher assistants or teacher aides who are employed by a child care center for compensation on a regular basis.
  • Support Staff — if an individual has responsibilities in a classroom, working directly with children, on a regular basis.
  • Student workers, part time employees, substitutes and migrant/seasonal/summer camp providers.

Download the checklist for Centers with the steps you need to follow.
Descargue la lista de verificación para Centros con los pasos que debe seguir.

Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Group Homes and License-Exempt Family Child Care Homes participating in CCAP

The primary caregiver is required to complete all trainings. The primary caregiver is the person who signs the CCAP application asking to be an approved provider. This applies to both relative and non-relative providers. Relative providers caring for school-age only children are exempt from the requirements.

For more information, read the announcement from IDHS: English | Spanish

For any questions regarding the new training requirements, contact: dhs.ccap-reauth@illinois.gov.

What Trainings Are Required and How Do I Get the Trainings I Need?

License-Exempt Home Providers who complete this training will NOT quality for a CCAP Payment Add-On

  • Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics Training (4 hours in-person, + 3 hours online)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What Is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above – online and in-person)

License-Exempt Home Providers who complete this training WILL qualify for a CCAP Payment Add-On

  • ECE Credential Level 1 Training -Tier 1 (Modules 1-2c)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above– online and in-person)

Providers who only care for school-aged children (ages 5-13) can choose to take the School-Age and Youth Development Credential Level 1 Training. They would complete the following:

  • SAYD Credential Level 1 Training
  • (Modules 4a & 4b)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above– online and in-person)

For the purpose of CCAP, a school age child is a child ages 5-13 (or through the age of 18 if approved for CCAP due to a special need or court order) who is enrolled in school. A five year old child is considered school age only when enrolled in a school based kindergarten. This enrollment does not include a before/after school program.

Providers who currently have any one of the following Gateways Credentials:

ECE Credential Levels 1-6

  • Infant Toddler Credential (ITC) Levels 2-5
  • Illinois Director Credential (IDC) Credential Levels I-Ill
  • Family Child Care Credential (FCC) Levels 2-5

ONLY need to complete and report (in the Gateways Registry) the following:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above– online and in-person)

If you have a Preschool CDA, report it in the Gateways Registry, then complete the following:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (available only online through i-learning)
  • A Preventable Tragedy: Shaken Baby Syndrome (available only online through i-learning)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above– online and in-person)

If you have an Infant Toddler CDA or Family Child Care CDA, report it in the Gateways Registry, then complete the following:

  • A Preventable Tragedy: Shaken Baby Syndrome (available only online through i-learning)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training (available online only)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (must be taken in-person only and is free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above– online and in-person)

Have You Completed Your Trainings?

You must report CPR/First Aid and Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter to the Gateways Registry! Completion isn’t counted unless you report it. Find out how »

¿Ha Completado Sus Entrenamientos?

Debe reportar sus entrenamientos de RCP/Primeros Auxilios y El Reporte por Mandato en su registro de Gateways! La información no estará completa tampoco se guardara a menos que usted misma los reporte en su record. Encuentra el modo »

Gateways Registration application: Español or register online.

For any questions regarding the new training requirements, contact: dhs.ccap-reauth@illinois.gov.

To register or take trainings online follow this link to Gateways to Opportunity.

For questions or help with using Gateways to Opportunity, visit the INCCRRA Help Desk, email: onlinehelp@inccrra.org, or call: 866.697.8278 (option 2).

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First Aid Briefcase

CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds

APPLICATION

Illinois Action for Children is committed to assisting child care providers and center staff with meeting health and safety requirements. Child care providers must be a current member of Gateways to Opportunity Registry, listed on Child Care Resource & Referral Database, and providing care in Cook County. Maximum reimbursement amount per individual is up to $125.00. Download application »

Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form W-9

APLICACIÓN

Illinois Action for Children se compromete a ayudar a los proveedores de cuidado infantil y al personal del centro a cumplir con los requisitos de salud y seguridad. Los proveedores de cuidado infantil deben tener un mínimo de 1 niño CCAP bajo su cuidado y un número de CCMS válido como se indica en los certificados mensuales y las aprobaciones. El monto máximo de reembolso por persona es de hasta $125.00. Descargar aplicación »

Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente Forma W-9


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IDHS Announcements

IDHS Announcement for CCAP Providers on Health, Safety and Child Development Training Completion Verification (Notice Issue Date: September 21, 2018). Read Announcement | Español

IDHS Announcement for License-Exempt CCAP Providers on the Annual Monitoring Visit Requirement (Notice Issue Date: August 15, 2018). Read Announcement | Ver Documento

IDHS Announcement for CCAP Providers On Health, Safety and Child Development Training Enhancements (Notice Issue Date: March 30, 2018). Read Announcement | Ver Documento