Gov. Pritzker releases plans for reopening child care facilities

Coronavirus Watch Illinois

CHICAGO (WEHT) Governor Pritzker announced the state’s plan for a gradual reopening of child care in Phases 3 and 4 of Restore Illinois.

Child care facilities will be able to reopen when their region enters Phase 3. The Illinois counties we cover are in the southern region, which is currently in Phase 2. Gov. Pritzker says he hopes most regions can enter Phase 3 by the end of next week.

Child care providers that have been closed and will reopen must develop a Reopening Plan that ensures they have revised operational and preparedness policies in place before opening.

These newly reopened providers will have reduced capacity, of no more than 10 children per classroom, for the first 4 weeks. Once they have provided care safely for four weeks and have followed the new health, social distancing and sanitation routines and guidelines, they will be able to expand to larger group sizes, though not their full licensed capacity.

There will be no restrictions on which families can use child care in Phases 3 and 4.

Illinois is continuing to work on developing appropriate business relief funds that will help to minimize the financial impact of these necessary limitations and is working alongside the state’s congressional delegation to amplify its support for our national child care landscape in an upcoming relief package.

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(This story was originally published on May 22, 2020)


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