Updated 4/13/20

Dear friends,

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
Executive Director
Collaboration for Early Childhood

Staff Availability

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, and events with community partners. 708-613-6122 x 2

Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment

If you are an emergency child care provider or you provide services to young children and you need masks or PPE, please email us at info@collab4kids.org

Resources for Providers

Beginning on March 17, 2020, all public and private schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students have closed their buildings through at least April 30, 2020.

Newsletters from the Collaboration for Early Childhood:

Early Learning Newsletter

Directors’ Roundtable

Family Child Care Professionals’ Roundtable

Information for Providers

Resources for Providers and Families

Information on Talking to Children about Coronavirus from…
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