SMILE Oral Health Project

Oral Health Education for Providers

An interactive and Gateways-approved Child Oral Health Training introduces providers to best practices and strategies for including oral health in their programs. They have access to resources, a private virtual learning network, and instructional videos.

Oral Health Resources for Child Care Programs

Select child care programs can receive Classroom Educational Kits containing books, puzzles, and a step-by-step workbook that allows providers create a poster highlighting their program’s commitment to health and wellness.

Connecting Child Care Programs & Dental Services

Child care providers will have access to a statewide database of social services to help their families seeking resources. By participating in the Dentist Referral Networks, child care providers can use field trips and parent nights to connect children with partnering dentists.

Child care providers will be encouraged to join Illinois Action for Children’s public policy efforts and support oral health advocacy in their communities