UPDATE FROM THE COLLABORATION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DURING COVID-19
The hearts and minds of the Collaboration team are with the network of families, providers, teachers and children that we serve, and all that we are doing as a community to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The Collaboration staff has been working hard to research and assemble high-quality, reliable information to help support the early childhood community.
As most people are aware, there is a lot of information out there! This page represents our effort to put forward the most relevant resources, and to present them in a format that is easy to access and share. Consider that guidance has changed frequently and much of the content listed here is timely. As our information changes, necessary changes will be made to this page. So, bookmark this page and check back as needed.
The Collaboration is committed to working together to make sure that our families and providers have the information needed to keep themselves healthy and well. Know that we will be here, and that you can count on us to put our energy towards that goal!
– John Borrero
Collaboration for Early Childhood
All Collaboration for Early Childhood staff are working remotely as of Monday, March 16, 2020.
You can find us on email and by phone as usual and we will respond as quickly as we can.
Unfortunately, we cannot be physically in the office and the Village Hall building may be closed, so please contact us by email or phone if you’d like to get in touch.
Heather Duncan is available for questions related to child care centers/preschools, professional development, and early learning. 708-613-6122 x 3
Shannon Ellison is available for questions related to developmental screening, early intervention, hearing/vision screening and resources for health professionals. 708-613-6122 x 5
Jennifer Little is available for questions related to home visiting, family outreach, events with community partners, and social media. 708-613-6122 x 2
Resources for Providers
Beginning on March 17, 2020, all public and private schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students must close for educational purposes through at least April 7, 2020. Executive Order #8, Gov. JB Pritzker, March 20, 2020
Child Care Provider Communication Group (Coming Soon, Private, email firstname.lastname@example.org for access)
Article: Who Qualifies for Paid Leave Under New Coronavirus Law (New York Times, 3/19/20)
U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 and FMLA Q&A (May not yet reflect new legislation)
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources (U.S. Small Business Administration)
Resources for Providers and Families
Village of Oak Park, including the Oak Park Department of Public Health, which reports cases in the area.
Health Connection Hub: Find services for individuals and families, including senior and youth services, developmental disabilities, medical health care, behavioral/mental health services, and other social supports
Information on Talking to Children about Coronavirus from…