In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Rockford has adjusted programming and rescheduled events. View details here.
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COVID-19 Communications

Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Rockford is following the states guidelines set forth by Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and the CDC. 

Importantly, Governor Pritzker noted a requirement, starting May 1, that all individuals over age 2 who are medically able to do so are expected to wear a face covering or mask any time in public where social distancing cannot be enacted. We encourage you to observe these practices for your health and safety.

We are doing everything we can to stay connected with you during this time. Let's continue to stay connected and strong, together!

Easterseals Academy

Governor Pritzker announced that K12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. We are not operating on campus for the summer session. The White House, Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot have all discussed a phased-in approach to reopening businesses. However, the specifics of those plans, as well as a clear picture of how different parts of our agency fit into those phases, is still unknown.

Please read this letter to parents, dated May 13, 2020, from our Director of Educational and Clinical Services, Mary 'Betsey' Tallon, and our Academies' Principals. 

If you have any questions regarding one of our Eastseals Academy locations please contact:

Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center

Our Easterseals Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center will reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020. We are reopening according to the City of Chicago's reopening plan for child care centers with limited capacity and enhanced procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff. 

CFC 8 & CFC 12

We are following guidance from DHS regarding Early Intervention Services. Until further notice, face-to-face services are discontinued. Guidance from DHS.

Early Learning Services

The Early Learning Services Office is open. 

Family Support/Partnering with Parents/Teen Family Support of Rockford


All HarrysButtons locations, including Machesney Park, Tinley Park and Chicago are closed. 

Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP)

IAP staff is assisting in the creation of the Easterseals Academy family e-learning plans.

Visit our Virtual Classroom for hands-on lessons

IAP YouTube virtual classroom 

The Autism Program (TAP)

Our program is complying with a VISITOR RESTRICTIONS procedure as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our site located at the University of Illinois Health Science Campus is CLOSED. We are supporting families with phone consultations, email, and Go To Meetings video. 

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Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership (IAP) has created tools for families and schools including:

We are carefully monitoring the situation and are focused on continuously updating information and recommendations from ISBE, the state of Illinois,  WHO and CDC, as well as our school district partners and local and state health officials

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