Welcome to Provider Connections! We’re Glad You’re Here!

Provider Connections is contracted by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Early Intervention to credential, enroll, and provide technical support to Early Intervention (EI) providers interested in the credentialing and enrollment process. As part of Western Illinois University’s Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education since 1997, Provider Connections has assisted the Illinois Department of Human Services in providing leadership in the Illinois EI system.

Our mission at Provider Connections is to ensure that professionals working in the Illinois EI System possess appropriate qualifications, enhance their professional growth, and strengthen their understanding of children ages birth to 3 with special needs.

Our website offers a wealth of information to support our mission. Follow the links provided to address your needs:

Are you a student wondering if Early Intervention is an option for you?

See what career opportunities exist for a variety of disciplines by following this link: Early Intervention as a Career

Please visit this external link from the Illinois Department of Human Services to also learn more about opportunities in Early Intervention: IllinoisCaresforKids.careers.

Are you ready to apply?

  1. Fill out a new application by visiting our website and downloading a fillable form here. We recommend that you take a minute to understand how an application is processed by reading the information for New Applicants here and viewing the flowchart that explains the application process.  Notice that there are also links on this page for IMPACT enrollment which is a requirement for all credentialed applicants.
  2. Use the checklist provided with the application form to make sure you send all the needed documents.  It will be the very first page you see in the pdf form. Please read this checklist carefully including the ‘Completion Instructions’ for each component needed.
  3. You can sign up for these trainings on the Early Intervention Training Program -EITP website.  If you have questions about these trainings and signing up you can contact EITP for help.
  4. Mail your completed application form and documents to us at Provider Connections. Please note that all of our contact information is on the bottom of any of our webpages at providerconnections.org.
  5. When we receive your application you will receive an email with this subject heading: Account Creation and Authorization Required for a DCFS Background Check, requested by Provider Connections/Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education. This request is necessary for the credentialing process to proceed. Email is our primary method of communication. Please remember to provide us with an email that you will check often.
  6. You will receive an email informing you what steps to take next.

Are you a qualified professional seeking to work with children ages birth to 3 with special needs?

Find out more about the Early Intervention Credentials we offer and their pay rates.  Follow the link and click the plus sign next to the credential you want to view to learn more.

Are you an existing provider?  Thank you for the work you do!  Here are some helpful links to help you find information often needed.

New to our provider search tool?  Follow the step by step instructions in our Winter newsletter to see what the tool can do for you.

Are you a fluent speaker of another language?

Bilingual interpreters and Interpreters for the deaf provide services necessary during the rendering of other EI services in order to communicate with the child and family and written translation of EI documents into the child/family’s native language. Learn more about Interpreters and Translators in Early Intervention.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019)

Please see the links below for information and resources regarding the Bureau of Early Intervention’s response to COVID-19.

Click the image below to learn more about the system supports for Illinois Early Intervention!