05/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2020 12:31
Published: Saturday, May 23, 2020 01:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD - With businesses planning to reopen as soon as May 29, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) announced that childcare facilities will be able to help when parents return to work.
'Many parents have reached out expressing how overwhelmed they are as they try to balance work from home, e-learning and other new roles that they have taken on,' Glowiak Hilton said. 'Childcare centers will soon reopen and help lift a weight off their shoulders.'
Phases 3 and 4 of the governor's Restore Illinois plan allow childcare facilities to reopen if they create plans that adhere to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Centers must have an emergency plan in the event a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, require daily symptom checks and enforce face covering requirements.
Occupancy limits are capped at 10 children at a time for four weeks. If a childcare center meets proper health, social distancing and sanitation requirements it will be allowed to care for more children. Essential childcare programs that have been open during the Stay at Home Order will be allowed to expand their capacity limits when their region enters phase three.
While Senator Glowiak Hilton's office is closed, staff are working remotely and are available to help connect you with childcare service providers. Staff can be reached at 630-785-3177 or at www.SenatorSuzyGlowiak.com.