COVID-19 for Early Childhood

To find emergency child care in your area, call (888) 228-1146 or visit COVID-19 Emergency Provider Search

This page contains: links to important COVID-19 resources; for providers: updates from state agencies and resources for Head Start/Early Head Start programs; resources for families with young children; and early childhood events cancelled due to COVID-19. For information and resources on emergency child care, click here

The health and well-being of children, families, and early childhood care and education providers in Illinois is of utmost importance. Many Illinois residents are wondering what can or should be done to prepare for a possible increase in the number of cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within the state. Helping control the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's civic responsibility. The resources below provide links to information to help keep all Illinois residents, especially families, providers, and those who support children, informed.

Illinois Department of Public Health ( has a statewide, 24-hour COVID-19 hotline (1-800-889-3931) and a designated email address (

For the Most Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information & General Guidelines


Resources for Early Childhood Providers 

For information on emergency child care, visit our Emergency Child Care for Communities page. 

COVID-19 Updates & Resources from State Agencies 

If you have questions about child care-related responses to COVID-19, email:

Resources for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs


Resources for Families with Young Children 

Resources for Supporting Children (alphabetical): 

Resources for Families (alphabetical)
Major Early Childhood Events Cancelled or Postponed Due to COVID-19