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Child Care Resource and Referral Network

Home Provider Services Training

The Child Care Resource and Referral Network encourages you to take advantage of the trainings offered. Our main goal is to offer workshops and courses that promote quality child care and developmentally appropriate practices. Keep your eye out for a new calendar every quarter.

The Child Care Resource and Referral Network offers services to assist child care providers with their programs. Trainings are offered in all areas of the curriculum.

Training Calendars - List of trainings that are currently available (including descriptions)

October 2017 - January 2018 Training Calendar

February - June 2018 Training Calendar


Professional Development Requirements to Care for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Children

The Illinois Department of Human Services has issued revised guidance to the new CCAP training requirements on April 6, 2017.   This guidance changes the two prior announcements that were made on February 1, 2017 for Child Care Center providers and on March 24, 2017 for Licensed and License Exempt Child Care Home Providers.  

View the official Illinois Department of Human Services announcement (announcement in Spanish) that details the training requirements (including ECE Credential Level 1, CPR/First Aid, Mandated Reporter and What is CCAP?) and the deadlines that trainings must be completed.

The IDHS Child Care Assistance Program Training Requirements

Have questions about the new CCAP training requirements?  Email questions directly to DHS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Child Care Center Announcement

Licensed Family Child Care Announcement

Licensed Exempt Family Child Care Announcement (includes Relative and Non-Relative Care)

Each of the following Credentials meet the ECE Credential Level 1 Training Requirement:
  • ECE Credential Levels 3-6
  • Infant Toddler Credential (ITC) Levels 3-5
  • Illinois Director Credential (IDC) Credential Levels I-III
  • Family Child Care Credential Levels 2-5

If you have an ECE Credential Level 2 or an ITC Credential Level 2 you need to take Tier 2 Trainings only of the ECE Credential Level 1 Training or you must apply for a Credential Level Advancement to the ECE or ITC Credential Level 3 or higher.

Helpful Resources and Links

Child Care Center Directors use this worksheet that has been created to give Directors a tool to assess what training staff has already completed and what training is still needed.

Providers, click here if you need help finding and accessing the ECE Credential Level 1 training.  (English & Spanish)


The "What is CCAP?" training for providers is now online for those with a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Membership.  The online version is Registry approved for 2 content hours and helps meet the provider training required to receive Child Care Assistance Program payments.  Click here to access the online page.


Services Include:

• Workshops and provider support groups and conferences
• Scholarships are available to help with payment of various trainings as well as accreditation