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COVID-19 Information & Resources from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) has developed ...
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Illinois Adopts CDC’s COVID-19 Guidances for Schools, Child Care

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the ...
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Governor Pritzker Expands Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers and Families

Governor Pritzker has announced an expansion of financial assistance for ...
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Revised Guidance for Home Visiting, Doula, & Coordinated Intake

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department ...
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IDHS Updates Service Delivery Guidelines

On June 23, 2021, the Illinois Department of Human Services ...
Updated IDPH FAQ for Illinois Schools

Updated IDPH FAQ for Illinois Schools

See below for a recent FAQ/guidance from the Illinois Department ...
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Biden Releasing $39 Billion for Early Childhood Educators and Care Providers

The Biden Administration has announced the release of $39 billion ...
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P-20 Council Releases Learning Renewal Resource Guide

This week the Governor's Office announced that Illinois K-12 districts ...
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CDC Releases New Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs During COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released ...
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U.S. Congress Passes American Rescue Plan Act

Earlier this week, House lawmakers sent a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 ...
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U.S. Department of Education Releases Handbook for Safely Reopening Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has released part one of ...
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Illinois Child Care Group Sizes and Ratios Restored to Pre-Pandemic Levels

News from the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development: Group ...
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Local Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges: Illinois Head Start Programs Share Their Stories

This interactive story map explores how three Head Start programs ...
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Updated Resources for School Reopenings

As Illinois schools move toward reopening, here's a selection of ...
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Governor Announces Additional Funding for Illinois Child Care Providers

Governor Pritzker is directing additional funding to support child care ...
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Year-End COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $10 Billion for Child Care

Congress has passed a $900 billion end-of-the-year relief bill that ...
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Early Intervention Clearinghouse Loans Technology to Illinois Families

IECAM's sister project here at the Early Childhood Collective at ...
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NAEYC Survey: Illinois Providers are Sacrificing to Stay Open

A new national survey of more than 6,000 child care ...
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Early Intervention Tier 3 Mitigation Guidelines

On November 20, 2020, the governor put the entire state ...
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Infographic: What Data Can Tell Us About COVID-19 and Child Care

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Education (GOECD) is providing ...
DCFS Updates Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes and Centers

DCFS Updates Licensing Standards for Day Care Homes and Centers

From DCFS: In light of the extreme circumstances related to ...
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Overview: The Early Learning Landscape in Illinois Six Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), the Illinois ...
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Results from Early Childhood Teacher/Parent Survey Released

A new report from Defending the Early Years (DEY) documents ...
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Governor Pritzker Announces $156M in Funding to Child Care Providers Across State

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) ...
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Report Finds Increase in Unmet Basic Needs in Immigrant Families

A new report released by the Urban Institute explores how ...
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IDPH Releases Guidance for Illinois Schools

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released a ...
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DCFS Releases Licensed Day Care Guidance

This guidance was updated on June 2nd, 2021. The Illinois ...
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IDHS Issues FAQ for Early Intervention Plan for Resuming In-Person Services

News from the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development: The ...
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State Announces $270M in Child Care Funding

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services ...
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New from ISBE: Learning Recommendations for 2020-21 School Year

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released recommendations ...
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IDHS Releases Early Intervention Plan for Resuming In-Person Services

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Early Intervention, ...
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Governor Pritzker Dedicates $10M in Emergency Relief Funds to Early Childhood Programs

This week Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that public schools across ...
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From Our Corner: Early Care and Education in the Age of COVID-19

Illinois early childhood expert Dr. Rebecca Swartz responds to a ...
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Governor Pritzker Announces $270M Grant Program for Illinois Child Care Providers

The Governor's Office has announced a $270 million Child Care ...
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Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Relief to Child Care Sector

Three U.S. senators have introduced the Child Care is Essential Act – ...
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Illinois Early Learning Council Requests Survey Responses on Community Collaborations During COVID-19

The All Families Served and the Community Systems Development subcommittees ...
Governor Pritzker Announces Reopening Plan

Governor Pritzker Announces Reopening Plan

Governor Pritzker has announced the Restore Illinois: A Public Health ...
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Resources to Support Young Children Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

Schoolhouse Connection has put together a compilation of resources focusing ...
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Federal Small Business Relief Programs Replenished

A new bill, passed this week, will replenish funding for ...
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Key Early Care and Education Resources for Parents & Providers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Early care and education information for essential worker parents and ...
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New Social Vulnerability Map for Cook County Available

Cook County has launched this mapping tool in order to ...
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Child Care Organizations Call for More Federal Relief

In a new letter to Congress, a dozen national child ...
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New Report: COVID-19’s Early Impact on Home Visiting

This report, which includes results from over 1300 programs across ...
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Illinois to Pick Up Child Care Tab for Essential Workers

Note: the information in this article is from April 2020 ...
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NAEYC Asks Child Care Providers to Take Survey on COVID-19 Impact

The National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC) ...
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U.S. Congress Passes Third Stimulus Package Containing Early Childhood Provisions

A third stimulus package (H.R. 748, CARES Act) was passed ...
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Congress Includes Relief for Child Care Industry in COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

On Wednesday night, March 25th, the U.S. Senate passed the ...
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INCCRRA Launches Early Learning Helpline

The statewide network of Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral ...
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New Online Community to Share Knowledge Across Early Childhood Field

A new online community called the Early Childhood Connector is ...
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Guidance for Illinois Child Care Centers and Early Education Programs Released

The guidance covers closure mandates, funding, Child Care Assistance Program ...
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Illinois Early Childhood Collective Projects Share Resources for Learning at Home During Trying Times

Two of our Early Childhood Collective partners are offering resources ...