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Emotional Well-being Toolkit: Resources for Children, Families & Caregivers
This is a stressful time for children and families. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are growing. Children may struggle with significant adjustments to their routines, which may interfere with their sense of security. Pressure on parents and caregivers can be overwhelming and leads to frustration. The Illinois Pyramid Model State Leadership Team, in collaboration with the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, has collected resources to help manage stressors and to promote wellness during these challenging times. The
Emotional Well-being Toolkit includes:
- How to Communicate with Children about COVID-19
- Learning Activities to Do at Home
- Parent and Children Self-care
- And more!
Click here for a quick tutorial on how to navigate the Emotional Well-Being Toolkit.
Questions about COVID-19?
- Restore Illinois is a five-phased plan guided by health metrics to safely and deliberately reopen Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH.illinois.gov) has a statewide, 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (1-800-889-3931) and a designated email address (DPH.SICK@Illinois.gov).
Lurie Children's COVID-19 Call Center - Do you have questions about COVID-19? You can call (312) 227-5300 and speak with a Lurie Children's nurse with questions related to testing criteria, symptoms, or general information. The Call Center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seeking parent tips and activities during the pandemic?
Parenting for Lifelong Health developed
COVID-19 Parenting Tips, proven parenting tips and activities for all ages in over 100 worldwide languages.
Most Illinoisans are eligible for the Child Care Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit from the federal government. Visit www.GetMyPaymentIL.org. Via the dropdown menu in the top left corner of the homepage, the site can be translated into: English, Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Spanish, and Tagalog.
- Eligible Illinois residents and families can apply to receive assistance with food, rent, utilities, temporary shelter, medicine, and other essential household services at: www.helpillinoisfamilies.com.
Internet Access for CPS Students
Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. Chicago families can
click here to check their eligibility.
Countering COVID-19 Stigma & Racism
Preventing Sexual Abuse
Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Extended Family Support
Protection for My Family & Household
Resources for Immigrant Families
Resources for Children with Special Needs