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Illinois Child Care Training

National Childcare Credentials in Illinois:

Use our courses toward a CDA as well as to renew your CDA, NAC or CCP.

Click for more information: National Child Care Credentials

Click to learn how the CDA can benefit you in Illinois.

Illinois Childcare Training Requirements 

All Care Courses are accepted by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services for in-service training clock hours for those who work in day care centers, day care homes and group day care homes. This includes directors, school-age site coordinators, early childhood teachers, school-age workers, early childhood assistants, school-age assistants, student and youth aides, substitutes, caregivers and child care assistants.

All Care Courses are approved by the Illinois Gateways Registry. For Illinois Registry training credit, please add your Gateways Registry ID number to your Care Courses account. Thank you!

Gateways ECE Credential Approved Training

Our course, Challenging Behavior, Positive Guidance in Child Care is approved for 6 hours in Integrations, Relationships, and Environments (IRE) toward a Gateways ECE Credential.

Lead Safety Training
Lead Safety in Child Care, which covers lead mitigation planning strategies and the impacts of lead exposure, is approved for the Illinois lead in water training requirement.


Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home 15-Hour Pre-Service Requirements: 


Infant Safety
Keeping Infants Safe is accepted for the Illinois Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Safe Sleep training requirements (rules 406, 407 and 408).
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Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home 15-Hour Pre-Service Training Bundle is approved by Illinois for pre-service training requirement. You must also take Mandated Reporter Training to complete your preservice requirements.*

*To complete your Mandated Reporter training, you must take "Recognizing And Reporting Child Abuse: Training For Mandated Reporters" through DCFS (here). Our course Child Abuse and Neglect: A Caregiver's Guide to Adverse Childhood Experiences is not approved for the Mandated Reporter training. 

What Illinois students say: 

"Thank you so much! The download was effortless. I thought the material presented was excellent; essential information and perspectives for anyone caring for toddlers. This is the second course I have taken with Care Courses, and the other one - was also excellent! I appreciate that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which licenses our child care programs, accepts your credentials. I couldn't be more pleased with your programs! They are so helpful, and especially for us busy teachers who find it increasingly difficult to get to other types of training opportunities. Oh - and thank you SO much for the personable service and speedy turnaround of the documentations!"

– Forest Park, Illinois

 

Opening a day care home, group day care home, or day care center in Illinois: 

For those of you interested in starting a center or home-based child care facility in Illinois, please contact your state licensing using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services 

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Phone: (312) 328-2779 or (877) 746-0829

Office of Child and Family Policy email: cfpolicy@illinois.gov