June 11, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker yesterday announced a $270 million Child Care Restoration grant program for childcare providers as they continue to provide care to children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Strengthening child care is as much about building a strong economy as it is investing in our young people - both critical aspects of building an Illinois that truly serves our working families,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Before this pandemic hit, I promised that Illinois would become the best state in the nation for raising young children. The path forward has certainly become more complicated - but our commitment is stronger than ever.”
The grants will be for licensed child care home and licensed center-based providers who have had their operating capacity reduced as a result of public health guidelines for reduced capacity in regulated care settings. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ‘business interruption’ to their revenue due to newly issued child care guidelines for Licensed Centers and Licensed Homes by the Department of Children and Family Services. Child care programs must be open and currently caring for children.
The Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Dept. of Human Services, is charged with developing program, with grants to be administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. The “Intent to Apply” survey is available online and closes on June 19 at 5 p.m. The survey information will help inform the development of the program to be released in July 2020, and providers will receive their first installments later this summer. See more information here.