Trainings

Child Care & Early Learning

METC offers courses for Licensed and Licensed-Exempt / Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Child Care providers. Check out the full listing of course descriptions and upcoming trainings below. Please note: For child care classes, we’re currently only offering trainings to the main family child care provider.

Find your specific learning path that aligns with your program goals and requirements by clicking each below. 

Additionally, check out the IL Gateways Training Guide. This chart indicates the DCFS Training Requirements for Licensed Family Child Care Providers. You can show this to your DCFS representative to illustrate that you met the requested requirements. Or if you need to sign up for any of these classes please register below. Questions? Please eamil our Child Care team at: [email protected].
Path A
Licensed-Exempt Programs / Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN)
Path B
Licensed-Exempt / Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Seeking DCFS Licensure
Path C
Already DCFS Licensed Seeking Growth
Course List
Upcoming Trainings

These classes are free for CCAP providers like you and are paid for by our Child Care Training Fund, which we won in our Union contract. For many METC classes, you can receive a stipend for your time and participation. Some of the trainings we offer may help you achieve a credential, earn a rate add-on, or meet licensing requirements.

Child Care Anxiety

Discover how to identify and support childhood anxiety in this training for early childcare providers, covering its manifestations across different ages, strategies for adapting routines and environments, and methods for documenting signs to collaborate with parents and community resources.

Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics

Explore child development, health, and safety from birth through early school age in this training, covering developmental patterns, nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, emergency preparedness, and maintaining safe environments.

CPR/FA/AED Informational & Prep Session

In this 1.5-hour informational session, participants will receive instructions on taking the American Red Cross Blended CPR/FA/AED certification training.

Does This Child Have Autism?

ECE Credential Level 1 – Tier 1: Modules 1 – 2c

The ECE Credential Level 1 Training online is designed to introduce individuals to general child development, health and safety, school-age care, observation, environments for children, and the importance of relationships with children and their families.

ECE Credential Level 1 – Tier 2: Modules 3 – 6

ECE Credential Level 1 – Tier 3: Modules 7a – 9

Family Childcare and COVID Vaccine Informational Training

Family Childcare Behavioral Policy and Transition Planning

First Aid and CPR Certification (Adult / Pediatric)

Learn to recognize and respond to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies and to use an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Food Handler Informational & Test Prep

A 1.5-hour informational and test prep session for Servsafe Food Handler certification, covering online registration, class content, and evaluation, all at no cost, thanks to union-funded provider training.

Gateway ID Startup

Learn how to navigate the Gateways to Opportunities training system, designed for new providers to obtain a Gateway ID and understand training requirements and opportunities.

How to Teach Black History All Year Round

Infant and Toddler Development

Come join METC to learn about the exciting childhood age development of infants and toddlers. Do you know this is the sensitive period of the human life span for learning and brain development? We will offer researched based information on a child’s early stages of development and how to build activities, lessons, and routines for…

Introduction to Virtual Learning Platforms & Online Tools

Discover Zoom's unique features and compare it to other platforms in this 2.5-hour course, where you'll learn to enhance online learning through polls, breakout rooms, screen sharing, and more.

Lead in Water: Protecting Illinois Children

This training assists child care providers in understanding and complying with DCFS rules for testing drinking water for lead, including how to collect samples and access available resources.

Managing The Terrible Twos

Toddlers are explorers and curious like scientists! Come join METC’s new and free class to learn how to work with toddlers and understand their temperament. You will learn in depth the developmental stage of toddlers and create routines, activities, and solutions to help support toddlers in your program.  This class is opened to all family…

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

Marketing Strategies For Family Child Care

Learn effective strategies to market your childcare business and establish a unique brand in this Marketing training, focusing on using social media, websites, creating a parent persona, and building trust with parents.

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation

Explore mindfulness practice and meditation in this training, where you'll learn its history, benefits, and application in the classroom for children aged 2 and up, including techniques for staff and parents to help children and adults manage stress and enhance mental and physical health.

Observing and Documenting Children’s Behavior

Observing and Documenting Children’s Development

Planning Activities for Family Childcare

Do you wonder how to implement activities for mixed age children in your family childcare program? Well look no further, METC is offering a free and brand-new class to help you plan activities for children in your care. You will review how to create activities to keep children engaged and learning while having fun! This…

Positive Communication Skills for Child Care Providers

Understand how different communication styles impact interpersonal relationships in this training, focusing on Direct, Spirited, Considerate, and Systematic styles, their strengths, challenges, and how awareness of these styles can enhance communication and reduce misunderstandings.

Preventable & Unexplained Tragedies (Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/Safe Sleep)

This training discusses Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) and Safe Sleep. The training discusses traumatic brain injury; including behaviors that increase the risk of SIDS, safe sleep habits, licensing standards, and resources for further information. Second half of training discusses signs, symptoms, causes, triggers, prevention,…

Reading Fun While Building Literacy Skills

Smart Start Workforce Grants

Calling all Licensed Family Child Care Providers! The Smart Start Workforce Grants Application Round 1 is opening July 1, 2024 – July 31, 2024.

Social and Emotional Development: How it survives and grows in a new form

Learn to support the social and emotional development of children, their families, and providers during a pandemic in this training, which offers resources, tips for building stronger bonds, and emphasizes the importance of self-care and self-compassion.

Strengthen and Grow Grant Training

This training will provide you with a detailed overview of how to apply for the Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant.

Strengthening Business Practices

Teaching Black History to Promote Self-Esteem

The Child Care Educator: Transforming Your Child Care Program-Part 1

The Importance of Perseverance

This training provides an overview of persevering practices supportive of balancing school, home, and work life. Participants focus on the numerous benefits of perseverance, the concept of a Growth Mindset, and the decrease of stressors when the triad of boundaries exist for the life’s professionals manipulate.

The Importance of Play in Child’s Development (Spanish Only)

Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn skills they need for study, work and relationships such as: confidence. This training will provide the benefits, characteristics and stages of play in early childhood.

Understanding the Affects of ACES in Child Development

Join this impactful training to understand and address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their effect on child development, featuring discussions, videos, and strategies to combat this national crisis through awareness and action.

Why do Toddlers Bite?

Join METC in learning the developmental stages of toddlerhood. We will review the reasons why toddlers bite and share healthy coping tools to support children who bite. Instructors will provide advice and tips to support our young children. This class is for all family child care providers. Please note that this class is only available…

Working with Children with Different Behavior Styles

This training provides an overview of persevering practices supportive of balancing school, home, and work life. Participants focus on the numerous benefits of perseverance, the concept of a Growth Mindset, and the decrease of stressors when the triad of boundaries exist for the life’s professionals manipulate.

Yoga and Mindfulness For Children

Come join METC’s new class to learn the benefits of practicing yoga and mindfulness for children.

Preventable & Unexplained Tragedies (Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/Safe Sleep)

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39885

Preventable & Unexplained Tragedies (Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/Safe Sleep)

Bringing Books to Life 2 Part Session

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39891

Bringing Books to Life 2 Part Session

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 1: Modules 1 - 2c

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39894

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 1: Modules 1 - 2c

Bringing Books to Life 2 Part Session

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39921

Bringing Books to Life 2 Part Session

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 1: Modules 1 - 2c

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39925

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 1: Modules 1 - 2c

Introduction to Virtual Learning Platforms & Online Tools

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39884

Introduction to Virtual Learning Platforms & Online Tools

Reading Fun While Building Literacy Skills

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39920

Reading Fun While Building Literacy Skills

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

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39908

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics

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39881

Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics

Lead in Water: Protecting Illinois Children

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39903

Lead in Water: Protecting Illinois Children

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 2: Modules 3 - 6

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39895

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 2: Modules 3 - 6

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 2: Modules 3 - 6

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39926

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 2: Modules 3 - 6

Food Handler and Exam

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39882

Food Handler and Exam

Food Handler and Exam

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39904

Food Handler and Exam

Gateway ID Startup

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39905

Gateway ID Startup

Family Childcare Behavioral Policy and Transition Planning

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39914

Family Childcare Behavioral Policy and Transition Planning

Positive Communication Skills for Child Care Providers

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39924

Positive Communication Skills for Child Care Providers

Family Childcare Behavioral Policy and Transition Planning

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39890

Family Childcare Behavioral Policy and Transition Planning

The Child Care Educator: Transforming Your Child Care Program-Part 1

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39913

The Child Care Educator: Transforming Your Child Care Program-Part 1

Child Care Anxiety

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39887

Child Care Anxiety

Understanding the Affects of ACES in Children's Development

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39892

Understanding the Affects of ACES in Children's Development

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 3: Modules 7a - 9

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39896

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 3: Modules 7a - 9

Understanding the Affects of ACES in Children's Development

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39915

Understanding the Affects of ACES in Children's Development

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 3: Modules 7a - 9

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39927

ECE Credential Level 1 - Tier 3: Modules 7a - 9

Preventable & Unexplained Tragedies (Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/Safe Sleep)

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39907

Preventable & Unexplained Tragedies (Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/Safe Sleep)

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation

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39888

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation

Strengthening Business Practices

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39897

Strengthening Business Practices

Strengthening Business Practices

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39922

Strengthening Business Practices

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

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39889

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

Why do Toddlers Bite?

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39918

Why do Toddlers Bite?

How to Teach Black History All Year Round

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39916

How to Teach Black History All Year Round

The Importance of Perseverance

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39911

The Importance of Perseverance

Yoga and Mindfulness For Children

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39912

Yoga and Mindfulness For Children

Infant and Toddler Development

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39910

Infant and Toddler Development

Introduction to Virtual Learning Platforms & Online Tools

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39906

Introduction to Virtual Learning Platforms & Online Tools

First Aid and CPR Certification (Adult / Pediatric)

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39919

First Aid and CPR Certification (Adult / Pediatric)

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

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39909

Mandated Reporter Plus Implicit Bias

Gateway ID Startup

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39883

Gateway ID Startup

Social and Emotional Development: How it survives and grows in a new form

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39886

Social and Emotional Development: How it survives and grows in a new form

The Importance of Play in Child’s Development

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39917

The Importance of Play in Child’s Development

“As a Licensed-Exempt Child Care Provider, the pilot METC apprenticeship program has helped me a lot. I have been able to complete all my classes and apply for the additional 20% increase while I was waiting to become licensed. I now know how the process works because of the information received in this program. I’m so grateful for these classes, and the time my mentor took to make sure I was on the right track. I really appreciate this program, and I hope other providers will get the opportunity and experience that I got from METC.”
Claudette Sarpong
Pilot Apprenticeship Mentee
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