Resources for Child Care Providers

On 10/14/2020, GOECD, IDPH, DCFS, and IDHS hosted a Child Care Provider Town Hall Meeting for child care providers currently caring for children, CCR&R staff, and advocates. The following resources were made available following the meeting and have been posted to the GOECD website:


UPCOMING: Q&A based on the chat box from the 10/14/20 Town Hall and the 9/24/20 webinar “The Early Learning Landscape Six Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic” in English and Spanish. 


Dialogue with the Deputy - English Session - Chicago Early Learning

Preschool families, please join us for a dialogue with Leslie McKinily, Deputy Chief of the Office of Early Childhood, and with the Office of Access and Enrollment, as we discuss how to navigate the process of GoCPS. GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform.

Link for registration:

English: DialogueWithTheDeputyEngNov6.Eventbrite.com

Diálogo con la Diputada - Sesión en Español - Chicago Early Learning

Padres de preescolar, acompañarnos a un diálogo con Leslie McKinily, la Jefa Diputada de la oficina de educación temprana, y con la Oficina de Acceso e Inscripción. Venga y escuche acerca de cómo navegar el proceso de GoCPS. GoCPS permite a las familias aprender, investigar, explorar y aplicar a casi todas las escuelas y programas de CPS a través de una plataforma en línea.

Enlace para registro:

Spanish: DialogueWithTheDeputySpanNov6.Eventbrite.com

Save the date for the 5th Annual Asthma Education Summit
This year’s event will be virtual. 
Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
See flyer for more information.

For Front-Line Workers: Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network announced an upcoming two-part virtual learning series, Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute. This series is geared towards providing front-line workers with tools and strategies that can be used when addressing the needs of individuals experiencing grief and loss during COVID-19 and beyond. 

  • September 10 & 11th: Part 1- Grounding ourselves in the basics (11am-4:45pm CT)
  • November 12 & 13th: Part 2- Applying concepts to practice (11am-4:45pm CT)

Click here for more information and to register.

Register Now for the Illinois AEYC Growing Futures Virtual Conference

The Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children is hosting its Growing Futures Virtual Conference on October 22-24, 2020, an opportunity to earn up to 40.5 hours of professional development. This virtual conference includes:

  • Three keynotes
  • Exhibitors
  • Daily Give Aways
  • "No Small Matter" Film Screening
  • The flexibility and leisure to attend when you want and as you have time

Click on the following links for the conference schedule, to apply for a scholarship to attend, and to register for the virtual conference.

Child Care Restoration Grant Technical Assistance Webinar 

Register now to join this webinar if you plan to apply for a Child Care Restoration Grant. The webinar will discuss the Restoration Grants, and walk providers through how to apply online through the Gateways Registry Director Portal. It will provide information on what documents to collect, and what information to have ready before you apply. 

Monday, July 20, 2020—2 webinar times available: 10:00 AM or 6:30 PM
To Register for a webinar, click here. 

Seminario en Línea de Asistencia Técnica para la Restauración del Cuidado Infantil

Regístrese ahora para unirse a este seminario en línea si usted está planeando aplicar para recibir el Subsidio de Restauración para el Cuidado Infantil. En este seminario, se analizara la ayuda de Restauración y explicara a los proveedores cómo llenar la solicitud en línea a través del Portal de Director del Registro Gateways. Le proporcionara información sobre que documentos debe recopilar, y que información debe de tener lista antes de presentar la solicitud.

Martes 21 de julio de 2020—tiempo de seminario web: 18:30 CDT
Para registrarse en un seminario web, haga clic aquí

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) – Final Round Guidelines and Webinars

For the final round of their funding, the ICRF is seeking applicants (a) primarily but not exclusively focused on serving Black and/or Latinx communities outside of Cook and the Collar Counties (DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will); and (b) led by (or in meaningful partnership with organizations led by) Black and/or Latinx individuals.

The ICRF has identified the following five potential focus areas for funding, though applicants are not restricted to these areas and are encouraged to submit proposals for other needs they identify:

· Employment and workforce development

· Connectivity and technology assistance

· Direct cash assistance and build social capital

· Increase access to government benefits

· Mental health and social determinants of health

The deadline to apply for funding is Friday, July 24, 2020, at 12 p.m.

The ICRF will be hosting informational webinars about the application process. The dates and times are:

· Friday, July 10, 9 - 10 a.m.

· Monday, July 13, 3 - 4 p.m.

· Wednesday, July 15, 3 – 4 p.m.

To RSVP for a webinar click here - for more information about ICRF funding, please review their Application Overview and/or email any questions to icrf@cct.org.


Resources for Child Care Providers

On 10/14/2020, GOECD, IDPH, DCFS, and IDHS hosted a Child Care Provider Town Hall Meeting for child care providers currently caring for children, CCR&R staff, and advocates. The following resources were made available following the meeting and have been posted to the GOECD website:


UPCOMING: Q&A based on the chat box from the 10/14/20 Town Hall and the 9/24/20 webinar “The Early Learning Landscape Six Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic” in English and Spanish. 

LSX Summit: Innovative Ways to Communicate the Science of Early Learning

Join the Education Policy Program for an interactive discussion on why it is critical to elevate and improve early learning and science communication. For the past two years, the Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) fellows program has brought together 12 experts in Europe and North America across disciplines—research, policy, journalism, and entertainment—to design innovative projects that translate childhood development research for parents, educators, and the public.

Watch the LSX Summit: Innovative Ways to Communicate the Science of Early Learning.

For Early Intervention Providers

How Do I Prepare My Site for the Reopening of Child Care? 
The webinar: How do I prepare my site for the reopening of child care? is geared towards all child care providers (family child care, center-based, and school aged). The webinar addresses how providers will need to plan for the physical setup of their child care programs in Phases 3 and 4 of Restore Illinois in the areas covered in the Restore Illinois Day Care License Guidance.

Social Distancing in Early Care and Education: Feasible or Impossible?

Watch this one-hour chat discussion with pediatrician, Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP. Dr. Glassy will review the CDC guidance for early care and education programs and provide practical strategies for implementation in a variety of early care programs. By completing the form, you will be able to view the webcast on-demand. Participants will receive an email with a link to download the certificate of attendance, at the end of either the live event or on-demand viewing.

CCAP Update Webinar Recordings Now Available

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently presented multiple webinars this week to child care providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

During these webinars, IDHS discussed some of the financial assistance that has been made available and provided information on how to bill CCAP for May and June services. Information on how receiving federal funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs can affect CCAP billing was the main focus of the webinars. Please refer to the “GUIDANCE FOR CCAP BILLING CERTIFICATES (Issued May 15, 2020)” memo and the COVID-19 Attendance Exemption Form (Version 2, Issued May 2020)

CCAP Updates for Centers and Licensed Home Providers

CCAP Updates for License-Exempt Home Providers

Lo que las familias inmigrantes de Illinois deben saber durante la pandemia de COVID (en Español) 
What Immigrant Families in Illinois Should Know during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Spanish)
Los asistentes comprenderán lo que las familias inmigrantes de Illinois necesitan saber en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID. Los temas incluyen: cambios en la política y la aplicación de la leyes de inmigración, requisitos para ciertos beneficios y programas públicos (incluyendo los beneficios de desempleo, atención médica y cobertura, programas de nutrición y otros programas de emergencia) y cómo la regla de carga pública puede o no afectar el acceso a estos programas. También se presentarán recursos para las familias inmigrantes de Illinois.

State of Illinois Emergency Child Care Webinar Series | The Erickson Institute

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Erikson's Policy and Leadership Department is creating webinars to support emergency child care providers on behalf of the State of Illinois' Department of Human Services and Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD).

This webinar series helps guide the efforts of Emergency Child Care Providers to create safe learning environments and support the emotional well-being of children during this time. Available webinars outline health guidelines to make a site safe for both providers and children. National Immigration Law Center | 3-Part Webinar Series
To examine the impacts COVID-19 is having on immigrant communities, join this webinar serices covering federal responses to COVID-19s impact on immigrants and how states and localities are filling in the gaps left by the federal government's response. Click the links below to access the webinar recordings.

Webinar: What Illinois Immigrants Need to Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic | 04/14/2020

Learn more about changes to immigration policy and enforcement, immigrant eligibility for public benefits, and how/whether the final public charge rule affects access of these programs.

Child Care During COVID-19: Guidelines & Implementation from Experts Webinar | 04/13/2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open. Learn about the latest recommendations for child care providers who remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paying Yourself, Your Staff, and Your Bills: Helping Child Care Programs Understand and Navigate the SBA Loan Options | 04/09/2020
Cómo pagarse a sí mismo, a su personal y sus deudas— Entendamos las opciones de préstamos SBA para programas de cuidado infantil | 04/10/2020

Child Care Business Resources: COVID19 Webinar | 04/06/2020

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development GOECD hosted a webinar that gave an overview of the current federal and state supports available to providers, including for-profit and non-profit, child care and preschool, center- and home-based, licensed and license-exempt. 

CACFP During COVID-19 Webinar - On this live webinar USDA will explain the new waivers allowing CACFP sites to make adjustments to normal operating rules. VIEW RECORDING

Caring for Children While Social Distancing (recorded webinar)

IDHS & GOECD - COVID-19 Child Care Business Practices and Resources: Webinar Slides and Webinar Recording (3/23/2020)

National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) - Family Child Care Environments
 (recorded webinar)

NAFCC - Caring for Mixed Age Groups
 (recorded webinar)

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH): Connecting Communities with Information to Stay Healthy - Webinar Slides (4/01/2020). Includes links to resources and information on the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition strategies and resources

The Ounce Online Training Portal

Visit the Achieve OnDemand online training portal and take advantage of our comprehensive offering of self-paced trainings and webinars made just for home visiting professionals.