Day Care Education and Training in Illinois

by admin on March 30, 2011


Aspiring daycare providers in the state of Illinois must follow the state’s licensing standard requirements as the government imposes strictly these rules.

There are three licensing standard requirement for the state of Illinois. Each of them is for the different family and child care facilities, namely; standards for daycare centers, for family daycare, and for family homes. Thus, the concentration would be on the state requirements for licensing standards for daycare centers.

Classes offered through the State

Similar to other states of America, among the most recommended courses to take to become a part of daycare centers (whether daycare providers, which are usually the director or teachers or staff) are early childhood education or childhood development, or childcare management. These courses are generally offered in the different universities and colleges in Illinois.

Closely-related courses are also credited by the state’s Department of Children and Family Services. They just need to earn credits to the subjects offered in those recommended courses; the classes include Food and Nutrition, Child Development and Parenting, Business Accounting, Art Education, Community Health, Safety and First Aid, and Marketing are some of the classes offered in childcare courses. Child guidance and child psychology subject are being the most essential of childcare courses.

Moreover, general education classes should be taken up by daycare providers and their staff; classes comprise of Mathematics, English, Writing, and Computer subjects.

Certifications Given for Completed Classes

Illinois awards credentials and certification to those daycare providers and staff who have completed the necessary coursework as well as the hours of work experience.

Listed here are few of the credentials and certificate to qualify them for a position in daycare centers:

  • The Illinois Director Credential (IDC) – A certification program made to increase professionalism and recognition for administrators in early care and education. It is recognized as the state standard of measurement for management and leadership capabilities. An individual can achieve the IDC either by completing an approved program at a university or by completing a portfolio and documenting past accomplishments. The credential is offered at three levels including the Associate, Bachelors and Graduate Degrees.
  • Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) – Certification is presented to individuals and applies to all staff and director who intend to teach young children, specifically to those who demonstrate knowledge and skills in early childhood development.
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) – Credential is awarded to daycare director and teachers who have acquired either a minimum of 4.5 units in continuing education or 3 credit hour course for renewal. CDA credits courses or classes such as early childhood education and development, mental health counseling and principles of adult learning. For those renewal candidates, they are required to acquire 80-hour work experience either with young children or their families in the previous years. They should also become a member of any local or national early childhood professional organization as well as earn first aid certification.
  • National Administrator Credential (NAC) – this certificate is presented to all current and aiming to be childcare managers and directors. Management, maintenance, and development of personnel, environment, and programs are generally tackled to have this credential. The NAC certification is needed to be renewed every two (2) years through completion of 20-hour work in either business or administration.

Moreover, training program undergone by providers and their staff should be accredited for by the American Montessori Society or Association Montessori International as they may be substituted for the courses directly related to child care and/or child development.

Other than these certificates, daycare providers and their staff are required to take First Aid course or CPR trainings (cardiopulmonary-resuscitations) by the government.

Cost of the Classes

Childcare degrees in the state of Illinois can cost $90 to $ 310 per credit hour. The degree level can affect the rate of tuition fee in childcare degrees or closely-related courses as well as your location whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. In addition, there are private institutions that offer coursework for childcare; they usually cost more or less $100 per credit.

CPR trainings or First Aid may be offered by the state and they are usually free of charge otherwise, they do not cost a lot.

Required Classes that Day Care Providers Should Take

Illinois imposes the provisions in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers strictly. Daycare providers must follow all the requirements to have their license accepted by the state. Listed here are the requirements for daycare providers and caregivers.

Daycare Providers or Daycare Providers

Daycare providers should be at least 21 years old and have obtained a high school diploma, GED, or any equivalent certification.

  1. 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, wherein 18 credit hours should be associated with school-age child care, child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields; and
  2. A minimum of one (1) year of child development experience in a recreational program or a licensed day care center serving school-age children.


Caregivers or other teaching staff should be 18 years old and above. A high school diploma, GED, or any equivalent certification is also required.

  1. 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, in which 6 credit hours should be associated directly with child care and/or child development, from birth to age six;
  2. A minimum of one year work experience in child development in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center and 30 credit hours accredited college or university wherein 6 credit hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six;

Links and Contact Information for Class Application

For those who want to establish their own daycare or interested in daycare job positions, you can contact your state departments for inquiries about day care classes, child care trainings, and the licensing standards. Listed here are government agencies of the State of Illinois that you can contact:

Child Care Licensing Agency
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
406 East Monroe Street, Station 60
Springfield, IL 62701-1498
Phone: (217) 785-2688
Fax: (217) 782-6446

Head Start – State Collaboration Office
Bureau of Child Care & Development
10 Collinsville Avenue, Suite 203
East St. Louis, IL, 62201
Phone: (618) 583-2083 or (618) 583-2088
Fax: (618) 583-2091

State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
207 W. Jefferson St., Suite 503
Bloomington, IL 61701-3961
Phone: (309) 829-5327
Toll Free: (800) 649-1884
Fax: (309) 828-1808

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