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New Credentials

In the interest of creating the safest possible environment for young children being served by credentialed Early Intervention Providers, the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Early Intervention requires the following checks for all providers applying for or renewing an EI credential:

  • CANTS/SACWIS (Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System)
  • Criminal background fingerprint (State only)
  • Illinois Sex Offender Registry (SOR)
  • National Sex Offender Registry Public Website

No Provider shall be credentialed to provide early intervention services without the clearance results from all checks being documented by Provider Connections. The following sections detail the background checks processes.

  1. The Authorization for Background Check (CANTS) CFS 689 form is included in the credential application packet and must be completed and returned with the entire application to Provider Connections, 1 University Circle, HH 32, Macomb, IL 61455. Results of the CANTS check are returned to Provider Connections from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services about 8-12 weeks from date of submission.
  2. When Provider Connections has determined that the educational requirements are in compliance, a letter and form will be sent so the applicant may obtain a State only background check from an approved vendor. The cost will vary per vendor and is to be paid by the Early Intervention Provider. Vendors will take fingerprints for searches using livescan biometric fingerprint technology and electronically send prints to the Illinois State Police. Results are then returned to Provider Connections by electronic mail. Please return the Provider Connections Early Intervention Fingerprint-Based Check Authorization Form to Providers within 10 days after being fingerprinted. This form is necessary for tracking purposes. When getting the livescan fingerprint, please have the following items with you:
    1. Valid Photo ID, The following are the only acceptable forms:
      • Driver's License
      • State Identification Card
      • Military Identification
      • Firearms Owner's Identification (FOID)
    2. Early Intervention Service Provider Fingerprint Form with Provider Connections' ORI number
    3. Please check with the vendor to determine the type of payments accepted.
  3. Provider Connections will check the applicant's name on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry and the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website to determine if the applicant has been identified as a Sex Offender.

NOTE: A previously conducted background check will be accepted as long as it was conducted using Provider Connections' ORI Number and is no more than 1 year old at the time of applying for an Early Intervention Credential. This does not apply to CANTS. A new CANTS CFS 689 form must be submitted with the application.

Information concerning background checks obtained by Provider Connections shall be kept confidential. If it has been determined that an applicant for an EI credential has not served or completed a sentence for a conviction of any of the felonies set forth in 225 ILCS 46/25 (a) and (b) within the preceding five years [5 ILCS 500/50-101] and; has not been indicated as a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect in an in an investigation by Illinois or another state for at least the previous five years and; that the applicant has not been identified in the Sex Offender Database as a sex offender and the applicant has met the requirements for credentialing according to Rule 500; then Provider Connections, overseen by Department of Human Services, Bureau of Early Intervention, shall issue the applicant a credential.

For further information or guidance regarding criminal history records checks, please review the Guide to Understanding Criminal Background Check Information provided by the Illinois State Police.

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Contact Info

Provider Connections
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone:  800-701-0995
Fax:  309-298-3066
Email: providerconnections@wiu.edu

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