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belt 032019 2SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) announces the expansion of support to childcare workers and other essential workers during this COVID-19 crisis.

“During this crisis essential workers still need someone to watch over their children, which is why this additional support to childcare centers is critical,” Belt said. “This ensures that their kids are still safe while increasing the affordability at these centers in the time being.”

On April 1st, all essential workers in health care, human services, essential government services, and essential infrastructure will qualify for the state’s Child Care Assistance. Most of the expenses of emergency childcare centers and homes will be covered. This expansion of eligibility includes those working as nurses and doctors, supporting staff in hospitals, grocery store clerks and food producers.

For more information on assistance that’s available at the Department of Human Services visit: DHS.illinois.gov/helpishere and coronavirus.illinois.gov

Emergency childcare centers will receive additional reimbursement rates above their usual pay rate. Childcare center and that are interested in re-opening as emergency child centers are able to apply for a permit through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Home childcare providers do not need a permit and can serve up to 6 children.

For more information emergency childcare centers and how to apply visit: www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD.