The Illinois General Assembly has directed $270 million of COVID-19 relief funds to child care providers so they can support families as the state continues to reopen. As employees go back to work, parents are not able to return without child care providers reopening as well. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) have developed a grant program to support child care providers.
In Phase 3 & Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, child care providers must operate at 70% capacity. However, providers are likely unable to reduce their overhead costs. The Child Care Restoration Grants are intended to support child care providers to safely reopen as soon as possible.
Licensed home and center-based providers are eligible if they can demonstrate a business interruption, are currently open, and providing care to children.