To all child care centers, preschools, and family child care providers,


Today, the Village of Oak Park announced an order for Oak Park residents to “shelter in place.”

Who this applies to:

Center-based and home-based child care facilities are considered an “essential business” and may remain open. Employees may report to work unless they do not feel well. (See guidance from the CDC regarding staff who do not feel well).

What this means:

The Village ordinance states:

To the extent possible, childcare facilities choosing to remain open, must operate under the following mandatory conditions:

  1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
  1. Children shall not change from one group to another.
  1. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
  1. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.

The ordinance also states:

All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements… including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public.


These conditions are effective starting Friday, March 20 through Friday, April 3, 2020.


Village of Oak Park COVID-19 resource page

Shelter-in-Place Order

Please note that there are many other aspects of the ordinance that may affect your activities. We suggest you read the Shelter-in-Place Order and become familiar with the terms.

The information on the Collaboration for Early Childhood’s COVID-19 resource page will be updated regularly.

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