COVID-19 Updates

Project CHILD is receiving new information daily regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back here often for up-to-date policies, guidelines and new information regarding

NEW 4/3/20 – Webinar opportunity from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development Monday April 6th, 10:00 a.m. Click here for complete details.

NEW 3/30/20  Emergency Child Care Stipend Program

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) through the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) System is offering funds to assist Emergency Child Care programs that opt to open and provide child care for the children of Essential Workers. We want to stress that these services should be provided only when Essential Workers have no other options available. The goal is to practice social distancing and for children to stay at home whenever possible.

The application and required weekly attendance forms can be accessed at the following link:

Emergency Child Care Stipend Program

W-9 Form

3/25/20 Attention Illinois hashtag#SmallBusiness owners: To better support you during this critical time, you can direct your business inquiries about U.S. Small Business Administration loans via: – (1-800-252-2923) – Email

3/25/20The Illinois Early Learning Helpline of the CCR&R System will be answering calls from 9:00am – 3:00pm helping essential workers find emergency child care.

Or you can search online at

3/24/20 Notice from the Governor’s Office concerning Child Care Providers and Emergency Operations

3/23/20 For those that missed the IDHS & GOECD – COVID-19 Child Care Business Practices and Resources webinar today. Link to slides and recording below.


Webinar recording (link to webex recording)

3/20/20 – In response to the unprecedented public health emergency that Illinois is facing as a result of the spread of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker has mandated the following closures for child care centers, child care homes, and early education programs across the state:
• Effective March 21, 2020 all child care centers licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), as well as legally license-exempt centers outside of schools.
• Effective March 21, 2020 all child care homes licensed by DCFS.
• Early education programs in public and private schools are required to remain closed while the K-12 schools are closed. This mandate covers any early childhood program for children ages birth through five located in public schools or in private schools.

For the complete document and links to emergency child care applications, click the two documents below.

3/20/20 Guidance for Child Care Centers, Child Care Homes, and Early Education Programs

3/20/20  COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions Following the Mandatory Closure of All Child Care Centers and Home

3/20/20 If you have questions about child care-related responses to COVID-19, email: GOV.OECD@illinois.govCOVID-19.

3/17/20 Temporary Attendance Exemption Policy for CCAP Programs
NEW 3/17/20 COVID-19 Attendance Exemption Form
3/17/20 Information and Support for Home-Based Child Care Providers
3/17/20 All trainings offered by Project CHILD from March 17th through April 30th have been cancelled. Online trainings are available at

3/15/20 Guidance for Child Care Centers and Early Education Programs

3/15/20 FAQ for Child Care Providers
3/15/20 COVID-19 Child Care State Agency Memo.

Project CHILD Response to COVID-19
Based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Human Services and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health, effective 03/16/20, Project CHILD will not receive walk-in/unscheduled visitors until further notice.
Project CHILD is committed to the health and safety of the community. In order to continue effectively serve families and child care providers, we ask that visitors make alternative arrangements to submit documents or make inquiries.

Please use one of the following alternative methods:
Telephone – 800-362-7257: Dial 1 for our forms request line. The office directory is listed below.
Fax – 618-244-5209: During the COVID-19 emergency, we will accept all documents, including child care certificates via fax. The only exception will be picture id’s, since they are illegible via fax.
E-mail – Use the general e-mail address, Again, during the COVID-19 emergency, we will accept all types of documents, including certificates via e-mail. Picture i.d.’s can be submitted via e-mail.

We appreciate that stress levels are high right now, and we will do our best to provide the best possible service to you, using these alternative methods. Thank you for your cooperation. We will provide updates via the Facebook page and website regularly.
For facts about the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the CDC website at

Project CHILD Directory

Child Care Assistance Program (cases are divided as follows)
Parents/clients whose last names begin with:
A-Crou Kathy Byars, ext. 117,
Crov-Harr Mary Stanfield, ext. 107,
Hars-Lem Alyssa VanZant, ext 113,
Len-Oli Kathy Carr, ext. 105,
Olj-Sm Lori Irvin, ext 102,
Sn-Z Cathi Jackson, ext. 115,
Coordinator Cary Hottes, ext 118,
Director Tranae Brockhouse, ext 103,
Quality Consultants/Infant Toddler Specialist
Paula Schnicker-Johnson, ext. 111,
Jamie Nichols, ext. 120,
Courtney Hatcher, ext. 112,
Health and Safety Monitor
Kaira James, ext 114,