State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - Click Here

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More than ever, the workers who feed, house, protect and heal us need support. The State of Illinois is expanding access to child care assistance for people who must continue to go to work during this pandemic. In addition to the expansion of services under the Child Care Assistance Program to cover those working as nurses and doctors, supporting staff in hospitals, keeping our grocery stores stocked and growing our food, this order also ensures higher rates of reimbursement for people providing child care and a call for emergency child care centers to make themselves available to help.

Full details about the program, including applications for assistance, are available on the Department of Human Services (IDHS) website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27893/documents/CoronavirusInfo/COVID-19-Child-Care-Application-4-3-2020.pdf and at coronavirus.illinois.gov.

The state's enhanced reimbursement rates for emergency child care centers and homes are effective April 1, and reflect a 30% increase above the usual pay rate. The change seeks to aid providers as they account for the additional costs of providing care for smaller groups of children.

Child care centers that are interested in re-opening as emergency child centers may apply for a permit through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Information on how to apply is available on the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) website at www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD. Home child care providers do not need a permit, and can serve up to six children.

This effort builds on previous initiatives expanding financial relief to child care providers across Illinois.

This move follows efforts by the state to allow child care providers to be paid for all of their enrolled children in the Child Care Assistance Program for March and April so that child care staff could continue to receive pay through this crisis. The state has also reduced parent co-payments in April and May to $1 per month, helping to relieve cost burdens on parents and to make sure providers don't miss out on much-needed revenue at this time.

If you think you could benefit from this program or help participate in it and provide child care for essential employees working to protect and fight for us during the pandemic, read more about this expansion to CCAP at the Governor's Office website, here.

COVID19 Updates

Contact Info

Chicago Office:
1155 W. 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 224-2830

Springfield Office:
M114 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1607

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