Childcare for Essential Workers


Childcare for Essential Workers


 In the wake of COVID-19 closures of child care programs across Illinois, the state is working with local partners to help reopen some settings to ensure care for the children of first responders and other “essential” employees. ReadyNation’s nonprofit network of business executives is striving to share this information, to help those on the front lines of responding to – and helping us all get through – this extraordinary health crisis. We thank local chamber execs for your help in spreading the word, as well, and ask that you keep it up.

 Essential workers have two ways to find child care options:

·     Call 888-228-1146, or

·     Check

 Hundreds of existing child care providers already have applied to reopen under new, “emergency” guidelines. Other interested providers are encouraged to explore their potential for serving essential workers’ families, too. Further information for parents and providers, alike, can be found at

 Furthermore, the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development has just announced a webinar on the Child Care Business Resources: COVID-19, scheduled for 10 a.m. today, Monday, April 6.

 This webinar will contain  important updates on new federal and state resources to support operations during this COVID-19 State of Emergency. Click here to register for Monday's webinar.

 Click here for draft slides of Monday's presentation and here for a toolkit of child care provider resources. 

 If you are unable to join at the time of the webinar or if the webinar reaches capacity, the final PowerPoint slides, a recording of the webinar, and an updated version of the toolkit will be posted to the GOECD website after the webinar under "Business Resources" in the "Resources for Child Care Providers" section of the webpage. 

 Application information for the Paycheck Protection Program is currently available on the U.S. Department of Treasury website.