This course provides information on caring for children with special needs in typical child care settings. The training helps increase the knowledge and comfort level of participants to enhance their ability to care for young children with disabilities in early childhood environments. It will discuss adaptations and modifications that will assist all children to participate in activities. The course will provide 3 contact hours. This 3-hour training will meet the inclusion training requirement for all classroom staff within a Gold Circle of Quality program. NOTE: This 3-hour training does NOT meet the 6-hour special needs training requirement stated in DCFS licensing regulations. Please see the Welcoming Each and Every Child (7 hour) course under DCFS Licensing Required Courses. 

Contact Hours: 3 hours     Gateways Content Areas: IRE (3 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 8 (3 hours)

This course provides information on caring for children with special needs in typical child care settings. The training helps increase the knowledge and comfort level of participants to enhance their ability to care for young children with disabilities in early childhood environments. It will discuss adaptations and modifications that will assist all children to participate in activities. This meets the DCFS requirement for early childhood providers in special care inclusion training. The course will provide 7 contact hours and/or 1/2 Gateways credential point.

Contact Hours: 7 hours     Gateways Content Areas: IRE (7 hours)     CDA Content Areas: 8 (7.hours)

This session will explore the general characteristics and what to look for when working with children ages birth to 36 months.  It will also discuss why an understanding of infant/toddler development is important when working with school-age children. Participants will become familiar with general areas of infant/toddler development and will be learning discipline strategies for infants and toddlers.

This Registry-approved training is brought to you by Gateways to Opportunity.


Contact Hours : 3 hours       Gateways Content Area: HGD (3 hours)     CDA Content Area: 8 (3 hours)


This course is part of a larger series of sessions that combine to make up the Orientation to the Illinois Model of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC).  This course contains 4 lessons: 1  assessment and 3 sessions. The learner will take the Vignette Assessment first.  This will assess familiarity with the competencies in the IL Model of IECMHC and an individual plan on how to increase knowledge of those competencies.  The second lesson is entitled “An Introduction to the IL Model of IECMHC.”  Both the Vignette Assessment and the Introduction must be completed before taking the live zoom sessions. 

The two remaining sessions in this course may be completed at any time before finishing the last of the 11 live Zoom meetings.  All portions of the Orientation to the IL Model must be finished (this online course in addition to the 11 live Zoom sessions) for a certificate to be given.


The organizations and sites listed on this page offer Registry Approved training for Illinois child care providers.  These links take you to pages outside of the Gateways i-learning System, and INCCRRA and Gateways are not responsible for technical assistance or support for any content provided through these entities.

This course  is intended to provide ECE, CFC, and LEA staff and administrators with a deeper understanding of the available tools and resources to help foster partnerships and implement best practices that promote inclusion. Building Relationships to Support Inclusion in Early Childhood: Tools to Support your Efforts is brought to you by the Illinois Early Learning Council Inclusion Subcommittee, in collaboration with state agency partners at the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Contact Hours: 1 Hour

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