These courses are Gateways Registry-approved and cover a variety of child development and early childhood education topics.  These courses do not directly fulfill ExceleRate® Illinois standards but may count toward credentials and/or DCFS Licensing in-service requirements.

The Gateways Registry is a powerful tool to help you stay organized and on track with all of your career professional development attainments. Registry membership has important benefits. Your individual Professional Development Record (PDR) is the most valuable benefit to you. This course will explain what a PDR is, how to develop your own Gateways PDR and how to access it online once you are a Registry member. Your PDR is accepted by DCFS as documentation for attending trainings, conferences and workshops as required by DCFS for licensing new programs and renewing your current licensed programs. Also learn how to use your PDR as a marketing tool!

Contact Hours: 2 hours     Gateways Content Areas: PPD (2 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 6 (2 hours)


Welcome to the training, Emergency Preparedness for Child Care. This Registry-approved training is brought to you by Gateways to Opportunity and counts towards DCFS licensed program training hours. This training is only available online at this time.

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: HSW (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 1 (1 hour)


Welcome to the training, Homeless with Hope: Providing Child Care for Homeless Children. This Registry-approved training is brought to you by Gateways to Opportunity and counts towards DCFS licensed program training hours. This training is only available online at this time.

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: FCR (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 4 (1 hour)


Midwest Pesticide Action Center, in collaboration with the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, has developed an online learning module to provide all Illinois child care providers with an overview of pest control strategies and requirements.  In this presentation, you will become familiar with what the laws are for pest control in child care programs, be provided with a general overview of what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is, and receive a list of the basic steps for putting an IPM program in place.  Ultimately, the goal of this presentation is to provide you with the tools you need to reduce the exposure of you and the children you care for to pests and pesticides.  

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: HSW (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 1 (1 hour)


This training is for providers who were randomly selected to participate in a study called Understanding Vaccination Practices in Child Care.  We have created this free training on the importance of childhood vaccinations to thank these providers for taking time to participate in our study.  In this training, we cover how vaccines work, why they are important, the vaccine schedule and what each vaccination actually is for children under six, where to go for further resources, and how to protect yourself as a child care provider.  After the study is completed, we will be creating more resources like this training that will be available to all providers.

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: HSW (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 1 (1 hour)


The We Choose Health online course offers providers training and technical assistance in the use and program improvement process associated with The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC). This program targets child care policy, practice and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors in young children. NAP SACC uses an organizational assessment of 14 areas of nutrition and physical activity policy, practices and environments to identify strengths and limitations of the child care facility. This Gateways to Opportunity® Registry-approved course provides 8 contact hours of professional development and/or 1/2 Gateways credential point.

Contact Hours: 8 hours     Gateways Content Areas: B (8 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 1 (8 hours)


"What is CCAP?" reviews the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  The Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program –  helps pay for child care expenses for income-eligible families who work or participate in an approved school or training or TANF approved activity.  This training reviews the application processes and key features child care providers should be familiar with regarding the CCAP program.

This training is Gateways Registry approved and helps meet provider training required to receive Child Care Assistance Program payments.

Contact Hours: 2 hours     Gateways Content Areas: PPD (2 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 6 (2 hours)


"¿Qué es CCAP?" repasa el Programa de Ayuda Para Cuidado de Niños de Illinois (CCAP) del l Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). El Programa de Ayuda Para Cuidado de Niños del Illinois Department of Human Services ayuda a pagar los gastos de cuidado infantil a familias con ingresos que cumplan los requisitos y que trabajen o participen en una escuela o capacitación o actividad aprobada por TANF. Este curso revisa los procesos de solicitud y las características clave con las cuales deben estar familiarizados los proveedores sobre el programa CCAP.

Contact Hours: 2 hours     Gateways Content Areas: G (2 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 6 (2 hours)