Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Providers

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. 

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

IDHS released an insert into the May and June CCAP Certificates that provides additional information on where to mail documentation.  

Gateways Provider Completion of IDHS CCAP Training Requirements Report

The Gateways Registry now offers a customized report to show an individuals progress toward meeting these training requirements. View a tip sheet (tip sheet in Spanish) to help you access and print the Gateways Provider Completion of IDHS CCAP Training Requirements Report.

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.

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. 

How to enter CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification should be reported to the Registry. At this time, the only place to report these certifications is in Step 4 of the online Registry Membership application.
  • You can report these certifications by going to MY REGISTRY > APPLY and starting a new Registry Membership application. When you get to Step 4, select "CPR" from the drop-down, click "Add", and enter the required information.  Then, select "First Aid" from the drop-down, click "Add", and enter the required information. Complete and submit the application.  For more detail about How to enter CPR/First Aid visit our helpdesk.  
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