COVID-19 Resources & Information

For Parents:

  • Prioritized Essential Workers Child Care Application  During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of Prioritized Essential Workers are eligible to receive child care through the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program. Prioritized Essential Workers, include those working in Health Care, Human Services, essential Government services and essential infrastructure. Questions about eligibility can be directed to SAL Child Care Connection at 309-686-3750 Option 2.
  • Copays for April and May have been reduced to $1.  
  • In order to better serve our clients and providers and give them an alternative method of submitting and requesting forms during the Illinois Stay At Home order, we now have an email account that can be used to submit and request documents.  Clients and providers may now submit their request to the new email account. Any document that we presently accept via our drop box, USPS mail, in person and fax can now be submitted to CCAPHelp.  Requested documents will be mailed.  Also note that the CCAPHelp account will not be used to correspond with clients and providers.  Please call the office and speak with a CCAP Specialist for questions or concerns about a case.

For Providers:

  • Please join the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) on Monday, April 6th at 10:00 AM for a webinar on Child Care Business Resources: COVID-19.  Register here.  If you are unable to join at the time of the webinar or if the webinar reaches capacity, the final PowerPoint slides, a recording of the webinar, and an updated version of the toolkit will be posted to the GOECD website after the webinar under "Business Resources" in the "Resources for Child Care Providers" section of the webpage.

  • Temporary Attendance Exemption Policy and COVID-19 Attendance Exemption Form  To encourage subsidized child care programs to provide services during unforeseen, extraordinary circumstances and to lessen the financial impact of those events which are beyond the control of the programs, to include; licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes, license-exempt centers, and license-exempt homes may apply for an attendance exemption when an extraordinary event is responsible for substantially less than normal attendance. By claiming an exemption, the provider attests staff will continue to be paid for all scheduled work hours regardless of closure or reduction in services.

  • COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions Following the Mandatory Closure of All Child Care Centers and Homes

  • Emergency Child Care Stipend Program The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), through the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) System, is offering funds to assist child care programs that opt to open and provide child care for the children of Essential Workers.  Click here to download an application.