Dear Walk As Children of Light Families,

All day care is closed for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation pursuant to Executive Order 2020-10.   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) are closed. 


The State is mindful that childcare 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.  These emergency child care sites will be the only child care centers legally allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.  This protocol will remain in effect for 90 days.


Under the Emergency Day Care program, licensed programs that are now closed, my apply for an Emergency Day Care Program License to provide childcare for employees authorized to work under Executive 2020-10.  These programs may only care for children of employees authorized to work under Executive Order 2-020-10, observing the rules of social distancing, and not exceeding 10 children in one room.  The list of critical emergency workers eligible to access child care through an Emergency Child Care Program is available on the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website (coronavirus.illinois.gov).


Walk as Children of Light is approved to open as an Emergency Day Care Program effective, Monday, May 4, 2020 for the families of critical emergency workers, observing a reduced enrollment and the other mandated requirements.  Please advise if you will need childcare, and the hours needed as soon as possible.  I will take all qualified returning families up the maximum amount in the order the requests are received.


Thank you in advance for your prompt response this to this very important matter.  Please reply to this email.  Any questions or concerns may also be addressed via this email.



Mary Douglas – Executive Director

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