Our office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this public health emergency.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MONITORING: USDA requires food program sponsors to regularly conduct home visits with providers. Due to the current public health emergency (COVID-19), Reviews will be conducted over the telephone or through a video conferencing tool instead of in-person. The Virtual Monitoring Review will cover similar information as at a home visit (record-keeping, claim information, child enrollments, nutrition training, etc). In order to continue your participation on the food program (Child and Adult Care Food Program), the Review is necessary and required. You will be informed of any issues requiring attention during the Review. We appreciate your cooperation.
TRAINING REMINDER: If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your two hours of mandatory training which is available under RESOURCES tab at IllinoisChildren.com.
The Illinois Child Care Bureau wants to help you serve nutritious meals/snacks especially during this public health emergency.
USDA now allows a combination of congregate feeding (in your home) and non-congregant feeding (Grab-and-Go meals) through the food program. If your day care home is currently closed due to COVID19 issues and you are aware of children needing meals/snacks who were previously enrolled in your care, you are eligible for food program funds by serving non-congregant meals and snacks (Grab-and-Go) to them. You need prior approval from the Illinois Child Care Bureau for reimbursement.
Send your request to Info@IllinoisChildren.com along with the answers to the following:
- Is there a need not served by schools or other community organizations (yes or no)?
- What is your plan for providing meals/snacks (is the parent/guardian picking up the meals/snacks)?
- How many meals/snacks will be given to the child? Please keep in mind the child may only be served meals/snacks as stated on their enrollment form. Depending on the child’s schedule, the day care home provider may claim a maximum of 2 main meals and 1 snack or 2 snacks and 1 main meal per child per day.
- If you are providing meals/snacks for multiple days, then please explain your ability to prepare and store the meals/snacks (refrigeration, safe serving containers to keep food cold/hot, etc). If you are not providing meals/snacks for multiple days, then please answer: Does not apply.
- Please state the number and names of children being served Grab-and-Go meals and/or snacks.
Remember: Safety is a priority. Social distancing requirements must be maintained during the distribution of meals/snacks.
If you are not operating an emergency child care home (March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues), please email the Illinois Child Care Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or mark your KidKare calendar closed as soon as possible.
Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency to learn more about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). For more information, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21355
Licensing update from DCFS You received the Guidance for Child Care Centers, Child Care Homes and Early Education Programs from DCFS which states: Effective March 21, 2020 all child care homes licensed by DCFS are closed. In response to this closure, the Illinois Child Care Bureau (your food program sponsor) marked all KidKare calendars as “school vacation” from March 17 – April 30, 2020 (similar to marking all calendars “school vacation” for the summer). Governor Pritzker extended the shelter-in-place order until May 30, 2020, therefore, the Illinois Child Care Bureau has marked all calendars “school vacation” until Labor Day.
The Guidance also states the following for Emergency Child Care Homes: Effective March 21, 2020 and for as long as the public health emergency continues, child care homes may serve up to six children as a legally license-exempt home. No application or registration is required. Providers must follow appropriate health practices. Providers who are in a higher risk group for COVID-19, such as those over age 60 or with a pre-existing health condition, are discouraged from providing care during the time of the public health emergency.
Food Program Updates Are you operating an emergency child care home? If so, you may continue to receive food program reimbursement for up to six enrolled children of essential workers (0-12 years). This includes your own/foster/residential children (0-12 years). You may not substitute children from day to day unless one of the original six children of essential workers no longer needs your care. In addition, you are required serve the meals/snacks in your home and record menus/attendance based on the meal patterns. Please submit your menus within the food program stated timeframes.
If your emergency child care home offers both day care and night care, then you may serve up to six enrolled children of essential workers (0 – 12 years) including your own/foster/residential children (0-12 years). You may care for one set of six children (of essential workers) for day care (6 am – 6 pm) and a second set of six children (of essential workers ages 0 – 12 years) for night care (6 pm – midnight) only if the day care children leave prior to the night care children arriving. The capacity of up to six children must include your own/foster/residential children (0 – 12 years) and applies on both shifts for the remainder of the public health emergency.
Your April food program reimbursement will be based on the new DCFS licensing standards. Please continue to follow the Infant Meal Pattern and the Meal Pattern for Children (in your ILLINOIS CHILD CARE BUREAU PROVIDER GUIDEBOOK).
Please email us with your questions.
Cathy Isaacson Cathy@IllinoisChildren.com
Kim Klimek Kim@IllinoisChildren.com
Sarah Quinones Sarah@IllinoisChildren.com
ICCB Contact Information
The Illinois Child Care Bureau office is located at
5440 N. Cumberland, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60656.
Or contact us at Info@IllinoisChildren.com.
A Provider You Should Know
Ms. Estella Pegues
For the past 17 years, Mrs. Estella Pegues has owned and operated Home Sweet Home Child Care Services located on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Prior to opening her home day care, Mrs. Pegues was a secretary for 20 years. Mrs. Pegues and her husband Johnie raised six sons. Mrs. Pegues discovered she enjoyed the frequent visits of their son’s friends and that their friends enjoyed being in her home, so she decided to dedicate her home and career to caring for children. Shortly after opening the day care, Johnie quit his job and Estella and Johnie have been a day care home team ever since. …
KidKare is the online claiming method for day care home providers to access Child and Adult Care Food Program funds.
KidKare is free, user-friendly, works on a Mac/PC/smartphone/iPad/tablet – anything with an internet connection. You can use most major browsers too.
Need your login and password? Call the ICCB office at 773.444.0115 or send an email to Info@IllinoisChildren.com.