Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Rockford is following the states guidelines set forth by Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and the CDC.
We are doing everything we can to stay connected with you during this time. Let's continue to stay connected and strong, together!
Throughout this pandemic, Easterseals Academy staff has relied on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our students’ home school districts to guide our decision-making process. Please read this letter for FALL 2021 updates published July 27, 2021 to our families from our Director of Educational and Clinical Services, Mary "Betsey" Tallon, MEd, OT/L
Our Academy is led by 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:
Easterseals Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center carefully follows the precautions set forth by the City of Chicago's reopening plan for child care centers. This includes limited capacity and enhanced procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff. We are currently enrolling and spaces fill up fast so please call now!
All early learning centers in Chicago and the suburbs rolled out a very safe and strategic reopening plan in June 2020.
In-person and remote learning options are available at all Easterseals locations, including 31 partner centers.
Remote learning is available for any families enrolling at a new location in Hickory Hills that is currently undergoing licensing to open as an early learning center.
Home visiting services are being offered virtually through our Head Start Home Based program.
Staff are providing in-person support to partner sites, children, and families and will remain in contact with families enrolled in remote learning to assess needs, provide resources, share newsletters, and offer at-home activities for children.
Family Support/Partnering with Parents/Teen Family Support of Rockford
Teen Family Support is now VIRTUAL - providing personal visits and groups virtually. Occasional, brief outside home visits are allowed (weather permitting) provided by the Doulas and Family Support Workers to drop off supplies, holiday and birthday gifts. The program follows the Restore Illinois State Plan.
Family SupportServices: Respite services have resumed as of August. Social Activities/sibshops are being planned and scheduled following guidelines outlined in the Restore Illinois State Plan. Parent trainings are on hold due to partner agency restrictions.
Partnering with Parents is now VIRTUAL - providing personal visits and groups virtually. Our 12-week parenting workshop, Chicago Parent Program, is currently being held virtually, as well.
For more information on how the Illinois Autism Partnership can support your district or organization, contact: Sarah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-491-4116.
The Autism Program (TAP)
The Autism Program of Easterseals is working remotely and will continue to provide services virtually. We are available via phone, email, Zoom, and other virtual modes. We kindly ask that you not come to our site on Parkview. The building is not open to the public at this time. Please feel free to call us. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
The University of Illinois Rockford, where our offices are located, is not open to the public. Please DO NOT attempt to drop off any paperwork. We kindly ask that you. • eFax 847.349.4287 • F 815.395.5573 or mail it to 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107. You can also scan your packet and email it to email@example.com. Please call or email if you need assistance.
Our parent support groups have moved from monthly to weekly. Groups are being provided via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to get updates and receive the Zoom link. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6PM – 7PM.
Our Family Community Resource Room is closed for face-to-face visitors. However, we are available via telephone. Zoom and email. We do have the ability to mail and email resources if needed.
Screening and Diagnostics will take place virtually for those that it is appropriate to do so. In-person direct assessments will be scheduled when we can complete and following all assessment protocols and CDC, local, and state health department guidelines.
Leo Club is meeting bi-weekly on Mondays via Zoom.
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