How Childcare Providers Can Open for Emergency Care

State Representative Mcdermed is working with childcare providers in Will County to ensure that as the state opens up, more childcare providers are allowed to open to serve families that return to work.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, childcare centers have for the most part been closed, except those that have been allowed to open and serve essential workers. The Governor’s office claims that “less than 25% of licensed providers have reopened under the emergency care rules.” If you are a childcare providers that would like to offer emergency care to essential workers, the following information has been provided by the Governor’s Office:

For Child Care Providers Who Want to Offer Emergency Care to Essential Workers:

Emergency Child Care will follow newly developed guidelines developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which were informed by CDC guidelines and best practices for caring for children. All persons providing care for children in an emergency setting are required to have a current background check.

Effective March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues, licensed and licensed-exempt child care homes may serve up to six children of essential workers as a legally license-exempt home. Click here for additional guidance. No application or registration is required to continue operation, but homes choosing to remain open to serve the children of essential workers must: 

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Pritzker amended the Executive Order to allow certain license-exempt child care centers to provide care for the children of essential workers without needing to apply for an Emergency Child Care License during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. It is recommended that centers serve no more than 50 children per center with a maximum group size of 10 per classroom. Click here for additional guidance that includes examples of the types of programs that qualify for this option. No application or registration is required to continue operation, but license-exempt centers choosing to remain open to serve the children of essential workers must: 

Effective March 21, 2020 child care centers can apply to become an Emergency Child Care Center to continue to serve the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. It is recommended that centers serve no more than 50 children per center with a maximum group size of 10 per classroom. Click here for additional guidance. Centers that would like to apply to become an Emergency Child Care Center must: 

Resources to Support Child Care Providers During the Pandemic

Click here for a full page of resources to support providers, including:

  • Guidance & FAQs
  • Health Resources
  • Business Resources
  • Resources to Support Children/Child Development 
  • Mental Health Resources for Providers
  • General Resources
  • COVID-19 Resources for Home Visiting Programs
  • COVID-19 Resources for Head Start/Early Head Start Programs