ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. – To ensure essential workers have the childcare support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is highlighting the expansion of eligibility for emergency childcare assistance and increased financial support for emergency childcare centers.

“During this pandemic, it is critical that we each do our part by practicing effective social distancing, and not leaving the house for anything but essential reasons to limit the spread of COVID-19,” Yingling said. “Unfortunately, for essential workers, such as medical professionals, first responders, restaurant workers and grocery store employees, they still need access to childcare while they work to ensure that we are healthy and have the supplies we need.”

Yingling is highlighting the expanded access to childcare assistance to essential workers. Starting April 1, all essential workers in health care, human services, essential government services and essential infrastructure now qualify for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). The state will cover most of the cost of care provided by emergency child care centers and homes, and this expansion of eligibility includes those working as nurses and doctors, supporting staff in hospitals, grocery store clerks and food producers. Full details and applications for assistance are available on the Department of Human Services (IDHS) website at

“I applaud the steps taken by the administration to address the needs of real families in Illinois,” Yingling said. “I highly encourage any essential workers in need of childcare during this pandemic to take advantage of these new resources and apply for assistance.”

Rep. Sam YinglingRep. Sam Yingling

(D-Round Lake Beach)
62nd District

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