First Aid & CPR Funds Program

In partnership with CCRS, the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Early Childhood (IDHS-DEC) is providing funds to assist child care practitioners to achieve First Aid (FA)/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification. Below are the guidelines, please read carefully. For the purpose of this document “program” refers to both child care centers and family child care homes; “provider” is inclusive of all child care practitioners (center staff & family child care).

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Provider must be employed by a program that is actively providing child care at the time of application.
    • Program may be licensed or license exempt.
    • Provider must be a current member of the Gateways to Opportunity Registry (applies to individual and group).
    • The child care program must be listed on the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency’s referral database and must currently be providing care in one of the following Illinois counties: Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt, or Vermilion.
    • The child care program must have no unpaid financial obligation to the CCR&R agency or the IDHS-DEC.
    • Priority is given to programs currently caring for 50% or more children whose care is paid for by the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
  • Funds are available for:
    • FA/CPR training that occurs between July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.
    • Individual costs associated with Pediatric FA/CPR (registration fee, student workbook, certification card). For school age providers, FA/CPR should be specific to the age served.
    • Center staff on-site FA/CPR that is arranged by a child care program (registration fee, student workbook, certification card).
    • Initial or renewal certification.
    • FA/ CPR curriculum must be from one of the following approved entities:
      1. American Heart Association
      2. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)
      3. American Red Cross
      4. American Trauma Event Management (ATEM)
      5. Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI)
      6. Edward Atkinson/Emergency Response Health Network
      7. Ellis & Associates, Inc.-Orlando, FL
      8. EMS Safety Services
      9. Know CPR
      10. MEDIC FIRST AID
      11. National Safety Council
      12. Pacific Medical Training
      13. Pro-Trainings, LLC
      14. Titan CPR Associates
  • Funds do not cover:
    • Incomplete or failed training/certification.
    • Adult only FA/CPR.
    • Travel to/from training.
    • Out of state training.
    • Purchase of CPR manikins, lungs, valves, DVDS, masks, shields, kneeling pads, gloves, or training kits.
    • Cost of meals or refreshments.
    • Fee for a replacement certification card.
    • FA/CPR registration fee for volunteers at a child care program.
    • No show and/or penalty fees.
  • Application process:
    • Submit a completed application along with the required supporting documentation:
      1. Proof of Gateways Registry Membership.
      2. Completed Vendor Information Form – see below.
      3. Proof of enrollment for payment to be made directly to the trainer/entity or
      4. Receipt/proof of payment if requesting reimbursement.
      5. For Center Group Training – an attendance sheet for those attending/completing the course including the Gateways to Opportunity Registry Membership ID.
    • The CCR&R will notify you in writing if your application has been approved or denied.
  • Funding Amount/Payment:
    • The cost of FA/CPR will be funded at 100% up to $100 per participant.
    • Funding is limited and is not guaranteed.
    • Payment requests can be made to the FA/CPR trainer or entity.
    • Reimbursement can be made to an individual or a child care program.
  • Deadline to apply:
    • Ongoing as funding allows.
    • Final date to submit a request for funding is Friday June 9, 2023.
  • Contact information:
    • Brenda Eastham | bkellis@illinois.edu | 217-333-3252 or 800-325-5516
  • Other information:
    • Completion of the FA/CPR training must be documented in the Gateways Registry within 30 days of completing the training. This can be done by:
      • An individual self-reporting in the Gateways Registry or
      • Submitting documentation to the CCRR for data entry into the Gateways Registry
    • Incomplete applications will delay the time to process.

Please complete the First Aid & CPR Funds Program Application and the Vendor Information Form and return to CCRS.