General Election and Vote By Mail Information
Make sure you, your family members and friends are registered to vote so you can vote early. Requesting a ballot now can prevent the U.S. Postal Service from being overwhelmed amid cuts, so make your voice heard by voting by mail early!
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:
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:
For Families with Children Enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
- Internet Access: Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago CPS students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students. Chicago families can click here to check their eligibility.
- Meal Sites: As of Tuesday, September 8, CPS has established more than 450 meal sites for the 2020–21 school year. Students, parents, or guardians may pick up free meals at the nearest school from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please find the nearest meal distribution site using this map. If families are unable to visit a meal site in-person, the district will continue to provide free delivery for those who need additional support.
Chicago Public Schools Child Learning Hubs
Chicago Public Schools now has a new website with more information on the Child Learning Hubs. The Child Learning Hubs give eligible families a safe space for children to do remote learning while supervised by an adult. Learn more about how to enroll and if you are eligible by visiting their website: https://www.cps.edu/school-reopening-2020/remote-learning-guide/preparing-for-school/child-learning-hubs/
U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
The U.S. Department of Education released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience. As an increasing number of school systems implement digital learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, this guide demystifies digital learning for parents and empowers them to be effective advocates for high-quality digital learning.
Resources & Strategies to Support Children with Disabilities & Their Families During COVID-19
COVID-19 has deeply impacted early childhood programs, children and families, and their communities. This resource list, jointly created by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the Office of Head Start (OHS), and the OHS TA National Centers may be helpful when seeking guidance and resources to help leaders, services providers, teachers, support staff, children, and families during reopening and continuity of services.
This continues to be a stressful time for children, families, and early care and education providers. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are ever-present. Children may be struggling with significant adjustments to their routines, which can interfere with their sense of security and ability to learn. Pressure on parents, caregivers, and providers can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of helplessness and frustration.
The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), in partnership with the Illinois Pyramid Model Statewide Leadership Team, has developed social-emotional toolkits to help manage stressors and promote wellness during these 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, linked below, offer resources, ideas and activities to support programs and families in this process.
Parents & Providers: Please Share Your Story
In partnership with the Funding Coalition, Illinois Action for Children is in the process of creating a storytelling campaign to highlight the critical importance of early childhood educators and providers in the lives of Illinois families, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign will be made available to sector organizations to use however is most impactful.
The goal is to share stories that highlight the critical work of early childhood educators and providers, and the deep relationships between them and the families they serve. Your experiences and perspectives are critical for how we revitalize the early childhood education and care system in Illinois.
- Parents/caregivers, please share your story here.
- Providers, please share your story here.
COVID-19 Safety Reminder Campaign for Providers, Staff & Parents
The Illinois Governor's office of Early Childood Development (GOECD) and their State agency partners have launched a messaging campaign to give child care providers, staff, and parents timely and useful safety reminders, current and emerging public health data, and suggestions for how to prepare for the upcoming holidays as the pandemic persists.
With the holiday season coming up, we will collectively have to continue to take a proactive approach to reimagining our festivities in order to stay safe. Child care providers and staff have been doing an amazing job at keeping our children and families healthy. This campaign aims to remind us all to stay strong and keep going!
Check out the GOECD's website for more information on this campaign and how you can get involved.
New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document for Home Visiting
MIECHV, DHS, and DFSS (City of Chicago) have released an FAQ document to address questions that funders have received from home visiting programs regarding Restore Illinois. This document will be updated periodically to incorporate new questions from the field.
COVID-19 Parenting Tips & Activities for All Ages in 100+ Languages
Parenting for Lifelong Health has developed open-access online parenting resources to support families during COVID-19. Their Parenting Tip Sheets are available in over 100 languages and provide useful reminders, suggestions, strategies, and activities to help caregivers support themselves, their children, and their families during the pandemic.
Housing Choice Voucher from the Housing Authority of Cook County
October 19—November 2, 2020 is your chance to get on the waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher from the Housing Authority of Cook County! Housing Choice Voucher applications will be accepted only online.
Apply online at myportal.thehacc.org
Paper applications will not be accepted.
For more information contact us at by phone at (312)-517-2388 or by e-mail at HCVWaitlist2020@thehacc.org
See flyer for more information.
Hispanic Heritage Month: English Learner Resource Awareness
In this time of national recognition during Hispanic Heritage Month, our friends and partners at the Latino Policy Forum are asking all to help spread awareness for the growing number of English Learners (ELs) and new research-based recommendations for their success in this unprecedented era of COVID-19.
The Latino Policy Forum has developed a digital toolkit to spread the word and an English Learner resource hub for educators, policymakers, and community and school-based leaders. It includes research-based resources, case studies, and policy recommendations focused on investments that will make a meaningful impact for the success of EL students.
Please use this digital toolkit to share these materials and resources on your platforms and social media to ensure ELs receive the recognition and resources they deserve. Send any questions to Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, Director of Education Policy & Research at Latino Policy Forum.
Free home lead inspection and repairs.
Please see flyer for more information. File contains the English and Spanish versions.
Neighborhood Opportunity Fund
The City of Chicago's Neighborhood Opportunity Fund will open for grant applications from entrepreneurs and nonprofit groups on the South, West and Southwest sides September 14, with more than $5 million in funding available. A map of eligible areas can be found on the program's website here.
Winter Dining Challenge
The City of Chicago, BMO Harris Bank and the Illinois Restaurant Association have announced a competition to help keep restaurants open during the cold winter months, in light of restricted indoor dining COVID-19 pandemic. Share your ideas and enter this contest here.
IRS Home Office Deduction
As many small business have transitioned to working from home, they might be eligible to claim some of their expenses, including rent, mortgage payments, insurance, utilities and more. To see if you qualify, visit IRS.gov for more information.
Legal Aid Chicago - Free Legal Services
Need help During Covid-19?
Free Legal Services
Apply online or call 312-341-1070 to get help now.
Please see flyer English/Español.
For EI Providers & Families of Children with Special Needs
The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse has issued A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document for Families About Resuming In-Person Early Intervention (EI) During Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
For Parents: Join the Family Advisory Committee (FAC)
Calling all parents! The Family Advisory Committee (FAC) will help you raise your voices up to the state level where important decisions are made that affect you and your children. As part of the Early Learning Council, the FAC will be a parent-led committee that will advise early childhood policy development and work to increase family engagement in early learning systems across Illinois. Please see the Spanish and English flyers to learn more, and apply today!
Invitation to Complete the Housing Development Blueprint Survey
The Housing Blueprint is a statewide planning endeavor that will develop a vision for the future of housing in Illinois, and lay out a plan for achieving it. The Blueprint is coordinated by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA); however, it is a product of the collective participation and collaboration of a wide and diverse group of agencies, organizations, and residents from across the state. The Blueprint strives to engage and raise the voices of all Illinoisans, including those of families with young children, to understand the realities, needs, and hopes for housing within communities both now and in the future.
All individuals are invited to take part in the Blueprint’s process. Click here to take the survey.
Attention Get Your Court Date By Text Or Email
Dorothy Brown Clerk Of The Circuit Court Of Cook County
For more information, visit Cook County Circuit Court website.
Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness: COVID-19 TESTING
Please see flyer and website for details.
No appointment needed. Walk-ins welcome at these participating locations: Aurora Community Health, Aurora Health Outreach, Carpentersville, Danville, Harvey, Hazel Crest, South Holland, Southeast Side, Woodstock, Chicago Heights Community Health, Pediatric Health & Wellness Center in Chicago Heights, Kankakee, East Joliet
MAKE FLU PREVENTION A PRIORITY
Advocate Aurora Health is hosting flu prevention clinics. For a full list of locations and hours read this flyer.
A simple flu shot is safe, easy, and offers the best way to protect you and your loved ones from the flu. For more information click here.
Sisters Working It Out - Cancer Awareness and Health Advocacy Organization Offering Screening Mammograms
Screening will be socially distant
Need a mammogram?
No insurance, no transportation, no worries! We got you!
Contact Sisters Working It Out
Please see flyer for more information.
Family Christian Health Center to Provide Healthy foods to the Community
Starting September 29th and then every Tuesday in October 2020 at 1:00PM
Line Starts at 154th and Paulina, Harvey, IL
Family Christian Health Center
31 W 155th Street
Harvey, IL 60426
Read the flyer for more information.
Job Opportunities and Training:
Opportunity Advancement Innovation, Inc (OAI) CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT PAID INTERNSHIP
October 5, 2020-December 11, 2020
10 Week Program Including: 4 weeks of training/coursework (Including Virtual ZOOM classes)
6-week paid internship
Please 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.
Silver Line Windows and Doors - Immediately Hiring
Factory Production Workers for all shifts!
Direct Hire Same Week Start!
Se Ocupan Trabajadores Esenciales para Trabajo en Fábrica
- Open Interviews Every Tuesday 9:00A-1:00P • Benefits Start Day 1
- Walk-ins welcome!
Location: 16801 Exchange Ave. Lansing, IL 60438
See flyer for more information.
Employment & Employer Services (E&ES) Workshops
E&ES has a line-up of job readiness training, wellness, and financial capability workshops scheduled. All a free and open to the public.
Register at: https://www.eesforjobs.com/calendar
For Interested Applicants
The Illinois Governor's Office is hiring for a Chief Diversity Officer! Click here for the job description. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Chief Diversity Officer – Application Materials.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please share this opportunity widely.
Serve the communities of Chicago and become an AmeriCorps Member today!
Each year, the AmeriCorps Program at United Way of Metro Chicago seeks individuals from diverse backgrounds to address critical community challenges. AmeriCorps members are highly motivated, flexible, resourceful people who have the shared goal of igniting change and moving their community forward.
Whether they are connecting residents to services or connecting stakeholders to United Way’s work, AmeriCorps members are key to maximizing our impact. This is the perfect program for recent graduates, retirees, career changers and anyone who desires to serve as a catalyst for change.
Program Starts October 2020
Apply online at LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/careers
To learn more about the current members, please visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/AmeriCorps
Please see flyer for more information.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership: FREE Virtual Job Club
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is proud to host a FREE Virtual Job Club, a series of workshops designed to jump-start your employment and provide you with direct placement support. Despite the pandemic, there are still jobs available to those who are highly motivated to work NOW!
Job Club meets online via the Zoom platform. All participants must have access to the Zoom platform.
To register for the September Virtual Job Club please Text JOB CLUB to 474747 or visit online at https://rebrand.ly/JobClub
Read more about the Virtual Job Club.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership: Chicago Codes
- Free 10-week coding bootcamp in Python coding language
- Write original apps
- Receive one-on-one training with a career advisor to make the job search more effective
- Located at the Chatham Education & Workforce Center, 630 E.79th St., Chicago IL 60619
- Additional supports available
ELIGIBILITY and ASSESSMENT
- 18 years and older
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must complete online skills test to assess ability to learn and retain information relevant to coding
- Must successfully complete interview
- No prior coding experience required but successful candidates will be computer savvy and eager to pursue careers in programming and web development
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership & American Job Center Network: Opioid use is a public health crisis impacting communities everywhere. Learn how you can be a part of the effort to help communities heal & recover.
Have you, your family, or your community been impacted by the opioid crisis? This program offers services that connect you with opportunities in a variety of careers.
Do you feel a calling to work with those who are recovering from opioid dependence? Explore careers in substance abuse treatment & prevention.
Check out this flyer to learn more or call 708.589.7388 for more information from Employment & Employment Services (EE&S).
Park Forest- Chicago Heights School District 163
Park Forest- Chicago Heights School District 163 is seeking qualified, creative and passionate applicants. We are located approximately 35 minutes south of downtown Chicago and have six schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Our District embraces diversity with attention to ARTS, ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, and SCIENCES. Join this innovative and purpose-driven school district. Apply online here.
GOECD is Hiring for Three Open Positions
The Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development is currently hiring for three open positions:
Interested applicants should send a Cover Letter and Resume to: Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development c/o GOV.OECD@Illinois.gov.
For All Illinoisans:
Resources and Supports for You and Your Family
The information compiled here will point you to a variety of available services and supports. We encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to help ease the burdens associated with navigating the complexities and challenges we all face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beat the Heat in Chicago!
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Park District, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and other City departments and sister agencies have made significant advancements to ensure that more than 200 citywide cooling resources are available in the City's response plan to extreme-heat weather conditions.
Consumer Safety Guide
Consumer Safety Guide was created to help keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with products currently on the market that can cause harm. Their website is constantly being updated with information on the most popular prescription medications and medical devices that have been linked to severe complications. Visit the Consumer Safety Guide website.
Food Availability Resources
Children's Health and Safety
- ISBE has obtained the USDA waiver to provide meals to all children under age 18 during school closures, including children under five. Families should call their local public school for more information. (3/13/2020)
- USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder - Find meals for kids when schools are closed
- Noble Network
- Chicago Park District
- Chicago Public Schools
- Since the temporary closure of our schools due to COVID-19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has served millions of grab-and-go meals to families. CPS is committed to providing meals throughout the closure and the summer, and you can pick up meals at more than 270 schools, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Use the CPS Grab-and-Go Meal Site Finder or call 773.553.KIDS (5437) to find a location near you. View the flyer.
- South Suburban Cook County Food Assistance
- Find Your Local Food Bank (Feeding America) Assistance may also be available for free baby food, formula, and non-food staples such as diapers. Contact your local food bank to find out their resources for families with young children and infants.
- Illinois Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
- All students who qualify for free or reduced meals at school, regardless of status, are now eligible for the Illinois Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. If a family has a LINK card, these benefits will automatically be applied to their account; no need to call or apply. If a family does not have a LINK card, they can apply for this special program. Families can participate in both P-EBT and any meal distribution program that is currently available at their school; there is no need to choose one or the other. Click here for more information. This benefit is available regardless of immigration status and is not considered in the public charge test.
- To apply clients should visit www.ABE.illinois.gov or download a paper application at dhs.state.il.us and email it to email@example.com or mail it to Central Scan Unit, PO Box 19138, Springfield, IL 62763. For more information, review this guide.
- Greater Chicago Food Depository (Cook County) - 347 locations in Cook County. Use the map to find food near you.
- Remake the World - Every Saturday, Noon-2 p.m.: Come get a free bag of produce and meals and vibe to gospel house music!
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Routine health care is important. Children need their check-ups! English | Español
Virtual Parent Support Group
As we are going through this pandemic, it is important that we support each other’s mental health. Please join us in our weekly parent support group via Zoom video. Registration for any of the following dates is available here.
- English sessions: Wednesday, June 17 and 24 from 4 - 5 p.m. CT
- Spanish sessions: Friday, June 12, 19, and 26 from 4 - 5 p.m. CT
The Rental Assistance Program
The Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, to prevent homelessness, to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction in order to stabilize individuals and families in their existing rental unit.
All evictions/foreclosures have been suspended for at least 30 days in Cook County. This means that if you are unable to pay your rent, you cannot be evicted. Learn more about your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis in English and Spanish.
Shelter List provides a directory of shelters that offer assistance to the homeless.
Assistance for Households Impacted by COVID-19
- The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is launching a rent assistance program on August 10, 2020, to support individuals and families who have been unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted through August 24, 2020. Click here for more information and to access application materials on rental assistance (once they are made available on Monday).
- The IHDA is also launching a mortgage assistance program; the anticipated launch date is August 24, 2020. Resources will be made available here on August 24, 2020.
Employment Resources During the Coronavirus
Immigrant Family Resources
Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP)- For information on whether you or your family may qualify for public benefits or other types of assistance please call the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) Hotline at 1-855-IFRP-NOW (1-855-437-7669). While the hotline had recordings in multiple languages to provide information on public benefits, due to COVID-19, the hotline will be staffed by a live intake worker Monday thru Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 8 different languages; Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Polish, Russian , Vietnamese, English
Guidance On Chicago’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant
Orientación sobre el subsidio de asistencia para vivienda COVID-19
Support and Coping Resources
DFSS Community Service Centers
Community Service Centers help individuals and families in need access a wide range of resources from shelter, food and clothing to domestic violence assistance, drug rehab, job training and prisoner re-entry services.
Department of Family and Support Services
For Seniors Services/Home-Delivered Meals
Call (312) 744-4016, 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday
Domestic Violence Hotline
The IL Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 via call or text
1(877) 863-6338 and TTY: 1(877) 863-6338
Other Public Programs
The USDA has begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and has expanded program eligibility. See the most up to date information regarding the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) including WIC and SNAP on the USDA website. https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19
Additionally, ComEd has announced that they will not be disconnecting services until June 1, extending the suspension of service disconnections for nonpayment & waiving of new late payment fees through at least 6/1.
Family Legacy Foundation is still here!
Like many of you, we have had to change the way that we provide services. Also, like many of you, we continue to seek to grow in our new “normal”. This is why it’s more important than ever that we all work together to expand our capacity and enrich the lives of those we serve. To this end, Family Legacy would like to extend our remote services to you and your constituents. To reciprocate, we would like to refer our clients for your services. Therefore, please let us know what services you/your organization are providing. Please use the attached Partner Organization Information form to describe your programs/services and contact information.
As a reminder, all services offered by Family Legacy are FREE! Remote services include:
Services for adults
- Literacy Tutoring
- GED Practice Testing
- College Exploration & Selection
- Admission Application
- Financial Aid Application
- Enrollment Assistance for potential students who have not been to college
- Re-enrollment Assistance for students who have been to college (includes students who have previous balances/holds)
- Student Loan Counseling (including default advising) Youth Services (ages 11-14)
- Virtual Summer Camp
We look forward to your response and working with you. Stay healthy & safe!
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.