Resources to Support Providers through COVID-19

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Important Guidance for Everyone

Guidance & Resources for Child Care Providers

COVID-19 Safety Reminder Campaign for Providers, Staff, and Parents

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Click here or on the images above to access all the COVID-19 Safety Reminder Campaign resources in Spanish and English.   

Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) 2021

Illinois has been awarded $331 million in financial aid to support child care through the latest federal relief package passed by the US Congress. Unlike the Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) in 2020, these funds will flow directly through the Illinois Department of Human Services. We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our child care system. The continuation of the Child Care Restoration Grants is designed to help sustain child care as the economy continues to reopen. Visit the Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) web page for the most up-to-date information and resources regarding eligibility, how to apply, application dates, and technical assistance. The CCRG helpline is continuing to offer assistance and answer questions by email at  

State of Illinois Guidance & Resources 

For a chronological listing of updates and resources from State Agencies, visit the COVID-19 for Early Childhood page. 

CDC Guidance 

CDC Printouts for Classrooms

Resources to Support Children & Their Development Under New Health & Social Distancing Requirements 

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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

Guidance & Resources for Early Intervention Providers

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

Guidance & Resources for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs


Guidance & 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 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Illinois has included the following providers under the "educator" category eligible for vaccines in Priority Group 1B as outlined in the IDPH COVID-19 Vaccination plan:

  • Early Intervention personnel
  • Home- and center-based child care providers
  • Home visiting & Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) providers
  • Head Start/Early Head Start providers
  • Preschool for All providers 
  • Support staff, including custodial, transportation, kitchen, and other staff
Please note that support staff, including custodial, transportation, kitchen, and other staff are also eligible for the vaccine under Priority Group 1B. However, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) staff and family members of the provider are not included in this priority group.

A letter to early care and education providers confirming your inclusion in Vaccine Priority Group 1B can be found here in English and Spanish

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