Health and Safety Resources
Important Notice: All license-exempt centers (761) & non-relative license-exempt child care home providers (764, 766) must complete Orientation Training requirements and Annual Training Requirements.
July 1st Notice:
The Illinois Department of Human Services recognizes that it has been challenging for many to complete additional trainings during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the Department will be postponing any negative action associated with not completing health and safety training requirements. Please keep an eye out for future correspondence on these training requirements in your certificate mailings, from your Health and Safety Coach, from your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, or from SEIU.
Read the July 1st IDHS notice for license-exempt centers and the IDHS notice for non-relative license-exempt child care providers.
March 1st Notice:
All license-exempt centers (761) & non-relative license-exempt child care home providers (764, 766) must complete Orientation Training requirements.
If training is not completed, the license-exempt center or provider will be closed out of all CCAP cases and parents will need to find alternative childcare.
Read the March 1st IDHS notice for license-exempt centers here and the IDHS notice for non-relative license-exempt child care home providers here.
Please see the following checklists for more information:
Health and Safety Training Checklist (license-exempt centers - 761)
Health and Safety Training Checklist (non-relative license-exempt child care home providers - 764 & 766)
Health and Safety Training Checklist (License-Exempt Centers & License-Exempt Non-Relative Child Care Homes)
After reading the attachments if you have further questions please contact Illinois Action for Children’s Health & Safety Resources Department at (312) 823-1421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing Health and Safety Resources!
We know child care involves successes and challenges while preparing children for their future. IAFCs Health and Safety Resources Department (formerly License-exempt Monitoring) is still here to support you in this very important responsibility.
The Health and Safety Resources Department utilizes a strengths-based approach to build meaningful relationships with providers as individuals, while leveraging our holistic understanding of what is needed for high-quality child care that is inclusive of supports for the home environment as well as supports for the provider themselves.
Since 2017, our team of Health and Safety Coaches (formerly known as License-exempt Monitors or LEMs) have served more than 1,000 License-Exempt FFN care providers as a personal contact, providing 1:1 support in a range of child care aspects.
Illinois Action for Children’s Health and Safety Coaches:
- Build and maintain relationships with License-exempt providers who care for children participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Support these providers in ways that help ensure the children in their care have a safe, healthy and happy environment
- Visit homes where child care is provided to deliver resources that encourage health and safety, such as early learning tools, community resources, and much more!
- Facilitate provider trainings, cohorts, and peer-to-peer learning
- Provide technical assistance (e.g. computer labs) to set providers up for success in the program
- Share additional resources and materials to enhance the delivery of high-quality early childhood experiences to all the children in their care
Our approach is based on meeting providers where they are. That means in their home, at the library, at the park, or whatever we can possibly make work. That also means that we work to build trust, open doors to opportunities, offer encouragement, and guide providers to help them see clearer paths, overcome challenges, and take advantage of opportunities.
You may be eligible to receive all the supports mentioned above if you care for children who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Your Health and Safety Coach will be able to tell you about additional programs and resources that might help you care for the children.
We would love to get to know you and hear your ideas and answer questions that you might have.
Contact us, today!
Health and Safety Resource Visits
A Health and Safety Coach can come to your home to support you in your child care by sharing information and offering resources. During the visit, they will provide you with materials that will enhance your home caregiving environment and the development of your children.
We would love to get to know you and hear your ideas and questions that you might have. Please see contact information below.
Your Health and Safety Coach will be able to tell you about additional programs and resources that might help you care for the children.
Only License-Exempt providers are eligible for Resource visits.
For more information call or email: