Individual Professional Development Funds

The Individual Professional Development Funds (IPDF) are designed to support individual pursuit of professional development in early care and education.

  • Based on available funding, individual practitioners currently employed by center-based programs or family home programs (licensed or license exempt) that provide care as defined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) may apply for these funds
  • Covers the cost of individual registration fees associated with conferences/workshops not required by ExceleRate Illinois and fees associated with webinars/online training that is Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved
  • Covers costs associated with the following credentials:
    • Child Development Associate (CDA)
    • Certified Child Care Professional (CCP)
    • Gateways Credentials
  • Upon approval, payment will be made as a reimbursement up to 80% of associated costs with an annual (July 1 – June 30) limit of $500 per person
  • Must live in one of the following counties: Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt, or Vermilion.

Please complete the IPDF Application and the Vendor Information Form and return to CCRS.