These resources could be helpful for all families with young children. We encourage you to explore this resource library to find supports that would support the young children and families in your care.
National resource database with information about financial assistance, mutual aid, legal resources, medical resources, food assistance, and more.
This resource, compiled by the Chicago Teachers Union, is an excellent, comprehensive list of services to help children and families find what they need during the pandemic.
The Illinois State Board of Education has posted free internet access opportunities from ATT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast at www.isbe.net/keeplearning under “Free internet access resources”.
Contact the CPS Command Center at 773.553.KIDS (5437) or email [email protected] for more information
If you are struggling to pay your gas and electric utilities, you should know there are some temporary protections that might help you! The Gas and Electric Utilities Mandate:
If you experience disconnections notices, submit a Consumer Complaint here: Illinois Consumer Complaint Form
Visit the ComEd assistance page for consumers who are struggling to pay their utility bills during the pandemic.
Legal services for individuals impacted by gender-based violence and child welfare system. Legal services include: DCFS cases, Child Custody Support, Divorce, Finances and Housing, Immigration, and Orders of Protection. https://www.ascendjustice.org/
Residents seeking urgent support for DV or human trafficking can contact the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 directly at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338 voice or 1- 877-863-6339 TTY).
Tips for Parents: How to talk to and support young children in the wake of racialized violence
We recommend looking to your local library to find any of the books featured below.
The following links are resources for how to talk to young children about COVID-19 including guides for caregivers, social stories, videos, and activities.
Tips and recommendations on how to safely quarantine in the same place as somebody with COVID-19.
Below are resources geared towards caregivers and parents on coping with the stresses of parenting during COVID-19.