ChildCareEd is Approved as a Gateways to Opportunity Registry Authorized Entity. ChildCareEd courses may be used to fulfill in-service training requirements for those working in child care centers, day care centers, family child care homes, day care homes, and licensed group homes including directors, lead teachers, teachers, teacher assistants, teachers aids, caregivers, primary caregivers, family child care providers, and day care home providers.

Preservice training requirements for all providers:

Child Care Director training requirements:

Completion of a CDA Credential.

6 or more clock hours on providing care to children with disabilities:

Teacher training requirements:

Completion of a CDA Credential.

Day Care Homes Primary Caregivers training requirements:

6 or more clock hours on providing care to children with disabilities:

Annual training requirements for all providers:

15 clock hours of in-service training per licensing year

Gateways Registry:

ChildCareEd approved courses can be found on the Gateways Registry. Users may purchase approved courses through the ChildCareEd website. For Registry credit, please add your Registry ID number to your ChildCareEd account. Attendance data will be uploaded weekly to the Registry. Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for your completed course to appear on your Registry account.

Thinking about opening a child care center in Illinois?  For more information about opening a daycare or home child care center in Illinois, you are able to contact your state licensing office. The office will be able to provide you with advice on Illinois' requirements, rules, and regulations. 

Administrators! Are you looking to purchase hours for your staff? ChildCareEd offers the Group Admin Program and Subscription Services, which make it easy and affordable to make group purchases.

Group Admin Program

The Group Admin Program allows you to purchase clock hours at a flat price and then assign classes to staff members. This gives you control over your budget and training plan. Purchase hours for staff to ensure they complete their training requirements.

Use our Group Admin Feature and receive the following benefits:

  • Record-keeping tools to manage continuing education requirements
  • Group Administrators can see their staff's progress in assigned courses as well as test scores
  • Purchase bulk hours with discounted Subscription Services
  • Refunded hours if staff leave and do not finish courses
  • Add or remove staff as needed
  • Assign training to individuals or the entire team
  • Print administrator copies of certificates

Subscription Services

With Subscription Services, you can purchase training hours at a low one-time cost. There are three tiers to choose from, depending on your needs:

  • Basic: Unlimited online training
  • Plus: Unlimited online training plus online CDA training courses
  • Instructor-Led: Unlimited online training, plus all CDA online training courses, and one Virtual Class each month led by a trained Educational Specialist

To view the course selection available for each of our subscription services, please click on View Courses List under each here: https://www.childcareed.com/subscriptions.html.

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