Governor’s Office Releases Illinois’ Early Childhood Care and Education Response to COVID-19

This week, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), along with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the Department of Human Services (DHS) released COVID-19: Illinois’ Early Childhood Care and Education Response detailing everything Illinois has done to date to keep children and providers safe while supporting families’ child care options during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

Included in this briefing: specific amounts of financial support for various types of Emergency Child Care providers, CCAP attendance waiver information and form links, deadline extensions, guidelines for caring for children in group settings, including children with disabilities or other special needs, and much more.

The briefing can be found below. It also can be found, along with the most up-to-date information related to the early childhood community, on the COVID-19 for Early Childhood and Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers pages on the GOECD website. Please check in with these pages often, as they are being updated daily as additional information becomes available.  

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