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New Resources for Families & Early Childhood Care & Education Providers

Greetings Early Childhood Community,

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) has developed and/or gathered additional COVID-19 resources to support early care and education providers, families, and children.

  • During the COVID-19 global pandemic, there is another crisis that is rapidly spreading: the surge of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. In response, GOECD has developed an important document, Stopping the Spread of Hate: A Guide for Responding to Anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander Racism during COVID-19.

  • The All In Illinois website now features a child-friendly content series to connect children and families with educational resources from Illinois museums and attractions.

  • Erikson Institute's Policy and Leadership department, in partnership with GOECD and DHS, has released a new webinar to support providers serving children during the pandemic: Emergency Child Care Webinar Series: Social and Emotional Needs.

  • Erikson Institute is offering scholarships of 25% of the cost of tuition for their online Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program. Ideal candidates for this program are experienced professionals who are interested in enhancing their professional capacities with an infant and early childhood mental health lens. All applicants will be considered for scholarship funding. Click here for more information and to complete the online application.

  • GOECD sponsored an online survey of Illinois Home Visitors and Home Visiting Supervisors to gather information on recent changes and adaptations to their work during the COVID-19 health emergency. The survey was conducted between April 13 and 17, 2020, by the University of Illinois Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD). Click here to view the survey results.

  • The Early Learning Council's All Families Served Subcommittee is conducting a survey to identify challenges and promising practices from the field in order to elevate creative solutions being developed in communities to better serve young children and their families from priority populations during this public health emergency. Please complete the survey by May 26, 2020.

  • DHS's Temporary Attendance Exemption form is currently being modified. The updated form will be mailed to providers with their May and June certificates, posted on the IDHS website, and distributed to local CCR&Rs. This new version of the form must be used for May and June. A letter from DHS explaining these changes to CCAP billing certificates for May and June is available here in English and here in Spanish.

Hoping you are all staying well and positive,

Dr. Jamilah R. Jor'dan

Acting Executive Director

Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD)