To Our St. Paul’s Early Learning Center Families & Friends:
Information as of March 20, 2020
In the late afternoon of March 20, we received the following guidance for Child Care Centers, Child Care Homes, and Early Education Programs from the State of Illinois and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
“In response to the unprecedented public health emergency that Illinois is facing as a result of the spread of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker has mandated the following closures for child care centers, child care homes, and early education programs across the state:
– Effective March 21, 2020 all child care centers licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), as well as legally license-exempt centers outside of schools.
– Effective March 21, 2020 all child care homes licensed by DCFS.
– Early education programs in public and private schools are required to remain closed while the K-12 schools are closed. This mandate covers any early childhood program for children ages birth through five located in public schools or in private schools.
The State is mindful that child care is a critical emergency service that is necessary for the children of essential workers currently required to work to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Illinois. You can learn more at DCFS online https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/Pages/default.aspx
Per the DCFS mandate sent to us today, St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is closing as of March 21. We will reopen when we are allowed to do so as directed by DCFS, the state, and local officials.
We love your children and will continue to keep your families in prayer.
We would like to stay connected with you via our family and staff Facebook group and our ELC Facebook page; we will share additional information and at-home activity ideas with you there as time goes on.
May God give us peace and the assurance that though this world changes, His promises and His love will never change. We will see you online, and keep you up to date as we learn more!
You can direct any questions to Kim Newingham, Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org