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Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) & Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) - Child Care Business Resources: COVID-19

In the COVID-19 press conference held on Sunday, April 5, 2020, the Governor emphasized the importance of supporting early childhood service providers through this crisis. Today, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development hosted a webinar that gave an overview of the current federal and state supports available to providers, including for-profit and non-profit, child care and preschool, center- and home-based, licensed and license-exempt. This webinar was accompanied by a toolkit containing resources to help providers take advantage of the right supports for their specific situation.

In addition, a collaboration including INCCRRA, SEIU, Illinois Action for Children, Steans Family Foundation, Advance Illinois, Jones Tax Group, and Open Door Advisors is partnering to support child care providers interested in applying for the federal Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, two forgivable Small Business Administration loans. If you would like support in applying for these forgivable loans, please review the materials below and then complete the survey here, which will tell you what materials you’ll need to apply and will connect you with someone from Jones Tax Group or Open Door Advisors who can assist you with your application. Once you’ve completed the survey, someone will contact you to provide assistance.

Coronavirus Relief Survey for Child Care Providers - Survey

pdf Which Funding Option is Right for Our Organization? (182 KB)

pdf Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (192 KB)

Final Webinar Slides

Webinar Recording

Child Care Provider Resources

Child Care Restoration Grants

The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have directed at least $270 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established through The CARES Act to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens in the coming months through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program. The BIG Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

We know our state’s recovery relies on the economic survival of our regulated child care system.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services is charged to develop the grant program for licensed child care. The Child Care Restoration Grants will be administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).

Child Care Restoration Grant Applications

First Round Grant Application opened on July 24, 2020, and closed on August 31, 2020. 

Second Round Grant Application opened on October 1, 2020, and closed on October 15, 2020. 

CCRG First Round Programs – Round Two Funding

Your application and eligibility in the first round automatically make you eligible for a grant in the second round. In order to receive an award in Round Two, you must have submitted July & August monthly reporting in the Director Portal by Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  Programs that did not submit July & August monthly reporting by November 18, 2020, will not receive a second-round grant. 

Monthly Reporting

Monthly reporting is required for all programs that receive a Child Care Restoration Grant.  The reporting is completed online in the Director Portal.  Monthly reporting is due on the 15th of each month.  For example, for October grants monthly reporting is due by November 15th Monthly reporting includes:

  • pdf Monthly Expense Report (387 KB)  – Monthly expense reporting for July & August must be submitted by October 16, 2020, but the sooner you submit your reports the sooner your second-round grant check will be processed.  pdf Monthly Expense Report - Spanish (396 KB)
  • pdf Monthly Narrative Report (112 KB)  – The narrative report is collected through an online survey.  This PDF will help you prepare your answers for entry online.  Please note once you click on the link within the Director Portal and complete the narrative report, it will not show as complete in the Director Portal for 24-48 hours. 
  • Receipt of Approval letter – each program must submit one receipt of approval letter for the grant.  First round eligible programs should upload their letter with the July report.  Second round new programs will need to upload a receipt of approval letter with your October reporting.  This letter will be emailed to second round programs on Monday, November 23, 2020. 

Use the following resources to help complete the Monthly Reporting. 

pdf Monthly Reporting FAQ (281 KB)  - helps answer many questions you may have as you complete the monthly reporting.  This includes details on what expenses can be charged to the CCRG funding. 
pdf Monthly Reporting FAQ - Spanish (297 KB)

Webinar Recording in English – PLEASE NOTE BEFORE VIEWING THE WEBINAR On the webinar we reported that mortgage was not an allowable expense.  However, we have received further clarification that mortgage is an allowable grant expense.
document Webinar Slides in English (1.60 MB)

Webinar recording in Spanish - PLEASE NOTE BEFORE VIEWING THE WEBINAR On the webinar we reported that mortgage was not an allowable expense.  However, we have received further clarification that mortgage is an allowable grant expense.
document Webinar Slides in Spanish (1.62 MB)

Early Childhood Workforce Town Hall On Vaccine Distribution And Federal Relief Funding

Friday, January 15, 2021

Please join the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and our partners at the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a Town Hall meeting with the early childhood workforce to discuss two important topics:

  • Vaccine distribution for the early childhood field, and
  • Funding included in the federal relief bill passed by Congress in December to support child care providers during COVID-19 in 2021.

The Town Hall will be delivered as a webcast hosted by INCCRRA and is intended for the entire early learning provider community. Due to the large number of people anticipated to join, we will not answer live questions during the webcast. However, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the webcast via the chat as well as submit questions prior to the webcast to help inform the presentation.

All questions gathered before and during the webcast will be cataloged and made available in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document also following the webcast. 

This webcast does not qualify for Continuing Education credits (CEUs).

Webinar Slides in English

Webinar Slides in Spanish

Grant Eligibility Appeals

Appeals for first round grants closed on September 28, 2020. No additional appeals will be considered for first round grants. 

Appeals for second round grants closed on October 22, 2020No additional appeals will be considered for second round grants. 

Additional Resources

For questions you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-855-939-4858

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