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CCR&R offers training throughout the year for child care professionals to help enhance the quality of child care provided in Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties. You may request a training calendar by calling the CCR&R office at 800-545-7439. Several training options are offered, including:
  • Child care workshops
  • Connecting in child care series
  • Creative curriculum for family child care series
  • Creative curriculum for infants and toddlers
  • Creative curriculum for preschool
  • Early childhood conference
  • Foundations of family child care
  • Getting started in the business of family child care
  • Health and safety
  • Level 1 credential training
  • Quality counts literacy training sessions
  • SpecialCare: Including children with special needs in child care
  • Self-studies
  • Training Calendar

A resource lending library is available to child care providers who are listed on the CCR&R database. The resource lending library includes: audio cassettes, child care resource books, children’s activity kits, children’s videos, magnetic/flannel storytelling kits, periodicals, professional videos, storybook based games and storybook theme boxes.

Training and education mini-grants are available to eligible child care providers. The mini-grants are designed to provide professional development support for family child care providers and child care center staff. Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • College tuition
  • Professional training conferences/workshops
  • On-site consultation

Through funding by the Illinois Department of Human Services, CCR&R supports the accreditation of child care providers. Accreditation mini-grants are available to assist family child care programs and child care centers with expenses associated with the accreditation process.

All legally operating programs listed on the CCR&R database may apply to receive a Quality Counts mini-grant. These mini-grants have been made available to improve and expand early care and education services in Illinois.

You could earn a bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University in five semesters by attending class on the weekends through the Completion by Learning on an Alternate Schedule (CLAS) program.

Gateways to Opportunity is a statewide network designed to support Illinois early care and education professionals. From credentialing to career guidance to education and training resources to peer networking and more, Gateways to Opportunity focuses on what matters most – helping you help children.

The Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in the field of Early Care and Education (ECE).  Beginning with the Fall 2008 term, the Gateways Scholarship program will replace the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program.  Practitioners working in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed centers and homes can apply for a Gateways Scholarship.  Goals of the program include:

  • Enabling practitioners to continue education in the field of ECE and to earn degrees and/or credentials
  • Promoting increased earning ability through increased education
  • Improving the quality and consistency of care received by children in licensed child care settings


GreatSTART supports the professional preparation and stability of the early childhood workforce through wage supplements. Wage supplements are paid to eligible early care and education professionals who have education above minimum Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensing requirements and who retain employment at the same child care program.

If you are interested in any of the above training or professional development opportunities, please call our office at 800-545-7439 for more information and/or application forms.



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