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Illinois Child Care Training | Care Courses

National Childcare Credentials in Illinois

Use our courses toward a CDA Credential and for NAC and CDA renewal.

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Click to learn how a CDA Credential 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 in-service training hours for 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.

Illinois Gateways Registry Training

All Care Courses are accepted by the Illinois Gateways Registry for in-service training. 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 (IRE2) toward a Gateways ECE Credential.

Illinois Lead in Water Training Requirement

Our course, Lead Safety in Child Carewhich covers lead mitigation planning strategies and the impacts of lead exposure, is approved for the Illinois lead in water training requirement.

Illinois Safe Sleep and Day Care Home & Group Day Care Home 15-Hour Preservice Requirements

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3 clock hours / $25.00
Take Keeping Infants Safe to cover 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).

*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.) 

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: (800) 232-3798 or (217) 524-2029

Office of Child and Family Policy email:

What our Illinois students say

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"I love the Care Courses. I can work on my clock hours for my CDA at my own pace. They are extremely informative and up to date as it relates to early childhood."

– Oswego, Illinois
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"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