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Resources to Support Providers through COVID-19

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Guidance & Resources for Child Care Providers

State of Illinois Guidance & Resources

Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grants (SGCC)

In 2022, the Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant (SGCC) will provide stable, predictable funding to support high-quality child care and invest in Illinois' critical child care workforce. As announced by Governor Pritzker and IDHS Secretary Hou on December 2, 2021, the Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant applications will open in January 2022; the program will start in February 2022 and run through January 2023. Visit the SGCC webpage for the most up-to-date information and numerous resources to support programs as they prepare to apply.

Child Care Workforce Bonus provided bonuses of up to $1,000 for eligible child care providers. Visit the Child Care Workforce Bonus webpage for more information.

Child Care Restoration Grants (CCRG) Child Care Restoration Grants are designed to support operations and cover revenue shortages generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the CCRG webpage for the most up-to-date information and support resources on this opportunity.

CDC Guidance & Other Resources

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

Guidance & Resources for School-Age Providers

Guidance & Resources for Early Intervention Providers

Please go to Provider Connections - Western Illinois University ( and check check Covid-19 information resources and/or News posts for the most up to date information and resources from IDHS.

Natural Resources

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 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 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs & P-12 Schools

Printouts for Classrooms

Resources to Support Children & Their Development Under COVID-19 Health & Social Distancing Requirements

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 developed resources, ideas and activities to support programs and families.

Additional Resources (listed alphabetically)

Mental Health Resources for All Providers