Caring for Children During COVID-19

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Illinois Action for Children is Here to Help

The health, safety, and well-being of children, families, and early care and education providers is our top priority. This is an unprecedented time in our world and as we all shift and try to navigate and sustain life, Illinois Action for Children is committed to continuing to support children, families and communities to the best of our ability. We continue to work closely with the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago while monitoring and adhering to the guidance of local, state, and federal health departments in response to COVID-19. This website provides news, information, resources, and forms  to help guide you through this challenging time.





Stay informed and up to date with important information and communications, including rules and guidelines, forms and applications, and grant and funding opportunities.





For parents whose jobs have been deemed essential during this challenging time, discover information and resources for finding and paying for child care, lessons and activities to do with your child at home, and much more.






Local, state, and national policies are being created and updated in response to COVID-19. Find information related specifically to children, families, child care, and more — and how you can make a difference.




External Resources:

Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development


The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) leads the state's initiatives to create an integrated system of quality, early learning and development programs to help give all Illinois children a strong educational foundation before they begin kindergarten.

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Centers for Disease Control


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.

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HealthyChildren.org - from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians - dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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Illinois Department of Public Health


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the code department of the Illinois state government that prevents and controls disease and injury, regulates medical practitioners, and promotes sanitation.

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Chicago Department of Public Health


The Chicago Department of Public Health provides guidance, services, and strategies that make Chicago a healthier and safer city.

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Chicago Public Schools


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) provide a high-quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life.

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