Professional Development - Health and Safety Training

IDHS Health, Safety and Child Development Trainings for All Non-Relative License-Exempt Home and License-Exempt Center 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 June 30th, 2021 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. The state also requires that you enroll in the Gateways Registry and Report Trainings in Gateways systems by June 30th 2021. Gateways to Opportunity Registry membership must be renewed every year.

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New License-Exempt Providers will have 90 days after they are approved to complete their Health and Safety Requirements.

To become a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Member visit:

Who is Required to Complete Training?

Non-Relative License-Exempt Family Child Care Homes participating in CCAP

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.

Download the Health and Safety Training checklist for LE Centers with the steps you need to follow.
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Read the IDHS notice for license-exempt centers here and the IDHS notice for non-relative license-exempt child care home providers here.

For any questions regarding the new training requirements, please call: (312) 823-1421 or email:

What Trainings Are Required? Initial Orientation Training Requirements

  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training
  • CPR/First Aid Certification (free for facilities/providers that currently serve children receiving IDHS funds)

Annual Training Requirements

  • All current license-exempt non-relative home providers must complete at least six additional hours of Child Development, Health & Safety training by December 31, 2021 and once per year each year after.

Throughout the course of annual training requirements, License-Exempt home providers who complete this training WILL qualify for a 10-20% CCAP Payment Add-On

  • ECE Credential Level 1 Training - Tier 1, 2, and 3

How Do I Get the Trainings I need?

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 »

First Aid Briefcase

CPR and First Aid Assistance Funds


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


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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