COVID-19 for Early Childhood

As of June 11, 2021, Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 

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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 prevent an 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 (
  • All Illinoisans with a mobile phone can opt-in to receive daily updates about COVID-19 from IDHP. Text the word COVID to 312-500-3836. Click here for more information about the type and frequency of messages you will receive. 
  • The Chicago Department of Public Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. Phone lines are currently staffed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please e-mail or call 312-746-4835.
  • Click here for a map and list of COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois. 
  • Chicago residents and visitors can click here for information on the Emergency Travel Order and to see what states are experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases that will require quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. 
  • Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19 can text "TALK" or "HABLAR" to: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Within 24 hours, you will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.
  • Find child care and early learning programs near you on the Illinois Cares for Kids website. 
  • If you have questions about child care-related responses to COVID-19, email:
  • COVID-related questions for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) can be emailed to:
  • Questions about Early Intervention can be emailed to:

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

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