In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Pritzker announced that K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. All three Easterseals Academy campuses are temporarily closed.
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COVID-19 Communications

On April 23, Governor Pritzker announced the implementation of a modified Stay at Home order for Illinois from May 1 through May 30,2020.

This order continues the mandate that all K12 schools remain in remote learning throughout the remainder of the academic school year and adds that the remainder of our programs at Easterseals will continue to have their physical offices closed, including Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center.

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 know this is very difficult news given the length of time we have already been away from one another. We will 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. All three campuses of Easterseals Academy and Gilchrist Marchman will remain closed and we do not yet know what this means for the operation in 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 closed. 

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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