Resources to Support Providers through COVID-19

Table of Contents

  • Guidance & Resources for Child Care Providers
  • Guidance & Resources for Early Intervention Providers
  • Guidance & Resources for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs
  • Guidance & Resources for Home Visiting Programs
  • Resources for All Early Childhood Professionals 
  • Mental Health Resources for All Providers
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent urgent warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Please check the FDA webpage (which lists products to avoid) on a regular basis to stay fully informed regarding this important health issue.

Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Open Our State is a five-phased plan guided by health metrics to safely and deliberately reopen Illinois. Illinois entered Phase 3 of Restore Illinois on May 29, 2020. Chicago entered Phase 3 on June 3, 2020. Every region of the state met the health benchmarks to advance into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on June 26, 2020. 

Guidance & Resources for Child Care Providers

Child Care Restoration Grants

The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have directed at least $270 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established through The CARES Act to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens in the coming months through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program. The BIG Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services were charged to develop the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants are administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).

The first round of applications were available July 24 - August 31, 2020. Applications for the second round will be made available soon. Please visit the Child Care Restoration Grants web page for the most up-to-date information and resources, including  application materials, monthly expense reporting documents, technical assistance webinars, and regularly updated FAQs. Please email any questions to or call 1-855-939-4858.

State of Illinois Guidance & Resources 

CDC Guidance 
CDC Printouts for Classrooms
Resources to Support Children & Their Development Under New Health & Social Distancing Requirements 

Health Guidance.PNG
GOECD partnered with the IDHS and Erikson Institute's Policy and Leadership department to produce a webinar series to support the provision of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Business Resources 
Resources for Family Child Care Providers
General Resources for Child Care Providers

Resources for Early Intervention Providers

State Guidance (most recent on top)
State Resources (listed alphabetically)
National Resources (listed alphabetically)

Resources for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs


Resources for Home Visiting Programs

Share Your Story Initiative—Home Visiting Inspiration in Illinois During COVID-19

Through its "Share Your Story" initiative, the Illinois Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program in the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development has provided an opportunity for home visitors to share on-the-ground stories of their experiences, including the bright spots as well as challenges. The focus of these stories is to bring attention to the amazing work they do, to share what has been working in serving families, and to illustrate how home visitors can be supported to continue carrying out their work.

Resources for All Early Childhood Professionals 

Social-Emotional Toolkits for Early Childhood Education & Care Providers and Birth to Five Leaders

GOECD, in partnership with the Illinois Pyramid Model State Leadership Team, has developed Social-Emotional Toolkits early childhood providers and leaders can use to manage stressors and promote wellness during challenging times.

Social Emotional Learning Parent Resources
The Illinois AfterSchool Network and the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership were funded by the Bright Promises Foundation to support the After School Parent Engagement and Social Emotional Learning Project. The collaborative project focused on providing support to After School and Family Child Care Providers through the use of mental health consultation. It is essential that program staff and families collaborate and connect to support the social and emotional development of their youth, which leads to academic success and the development of career and life skills. The manuals offer resources, ideas and activities to support programs and families in this process. 

Additional Resources (listed alphabetically)

Mental Health Resources for All Providers