Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Providers

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

CCAP Providers must complete child development, health, and safety trainings by September 30, 2018.  

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) partners with child care providers to serve income eligible 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 payments complete specific child development, health, and safety trainings, and have current CPR/First Aid certifications by September 30, 2018 in order to continue receiving CCAP payments.

Child care providers receiving CCAP funds MUST be members of the Gateways Registry and track their training, Credentials and certifications in the Registry. Registry membership must be renewed every year.

To become a Registry member visit: https://registry.ilgateways.com

Print a copy of this website page. This webpage is also available in Spanish.


Who must complete the training?

>> Licensed Centers and License-Exempt Centers

  • 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 – individual(s) who has responsibility in a classroom, working directly with children, on a regular basis
  • Student workers, part time employees, substitutes and migrant/seasonal/summer camp providers

>> Licensed Family Child Care Homes, Group Homes and License-Exempt Family Child Care Homes
     (License-Exempt Family Child Care Homes includes family, friend and neighbor care)

  • The primary caregiver is required to complete all training's. The primary caregiver is the person who signs the CCAP application asking to be an approved provider. This applies to both relative and non-relative providers. Licensed-Exempt relative providers caring for school-age only children are exempt from the requirements.  

What training is required?

  • Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics Training
  • Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training
  • CPR/First Aid Certifications
  • What is CCAP? (for directors and primary caregivers defined above)

There are many ways you can meet the CCAP child development, health, and safety training requirements.  Find the one option that works best for you.  Download this chart.


Where do I find training?

>> Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics Training

>> Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter Training

>> CPR/First Aid Certification

>> What is CCAP? Training

>> ECE Credential Level 1 Training

>> SAYD Credential Level 1 Training


How is training tracked in the Registry?

>> Child Development, Health, and Safety Training – Tracked automatically in the Registry.

>> Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter – This training must be self-reported to the Registry.

  • Go to MY REGISTRY > LEARN
  • Click the “Add New” Button at the bottom of the listing
  • Enter Mandated Reporter as the training name, DCFS as the trainer name, 2 for the contact hours, and the Issued Date on your certificate of completion.
  • Click the “Save” button. For more details about how to self-report Mandated Reporter visit http://urls.inccrra.org/mandated-reporter.
  • Keep your Child Abuse and Neglect/Mandated Reporter training certificate in a file. You must be able to produce a copy when requested by IDHS.

>> CPR/First Aid Certifications – These certifications must be entered as a certification to the Registry.

  •  Go to MY REGISTRY > UPDATE and click the “Credentials” tab.
  •  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.
  • Click the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen. For more detail about how to enter CPR/First Aid visit http://urls.inccrra.org/report-cpr.
  • Keep your CPR/First Aid Certifications in a file. You must be able to produce a copy when requested by IDHS.

>> What is CCAP? – Tracked automatically in the Registry.

>> ECE Credential Level 1 Training – Tracked automatically in the Registry.

>> Current Gateways Credentials (referenced in Option 2 & 4) – Credentials are automatically tracked in the Registry.

>> SAYD (School-Age & Youth Development) Credential Level 1 Training – Tracked automatically in the Registry.

>> CDA – The Child Development Associates Credential must be entered as a certification to the Registry.

  • Go to MY REGISTRY > UPDATE and click the “Credentials” tab.
  • Select “Child Development Associate (CDA)” from the drop-down, click “Add”, and enter the required information.
  • Click the “Save” button
  • It is especially important that you indicate whether your CDA is the Infant/Toddler, Preschool, or Family Child Care. In the “Level” drop-down, be sure to select the correct option.
  • Keep your CDA Certification in a file. You must be able to produce a copy when requested by IDHS.

Gateways Provider Completion of IDHS CCAP Training Requirements Report

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


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