In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in alignment with Chicago Public School closures, Easterseals Academy will be closed through April 20, 2020.
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COVID-19 Communications

Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the children and families we serve. 

Please note that Easterseals has NO suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in schools or offices.

Our primary focus and concern, above all else, is the health and wellbeing of all of you and of those we serve. Our leadership Team will do our best to provide up-to-date news on programs and services by staying in close communication with you as this situation continues to evolve. 

Easterseals Academy

Mayor Lightfoot announced that the CPS school closure would continue until April 20th. All three campuses of Easterseals Academy and Gilchrist Marchman will all remain closed for the duration of the CPS closure. This means that our three Easterseals Academies will be closed until, at earliest, April 20.
Please read this letter to parents 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 Closed is closed starting through April 20, 2020.

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 until, at earliest, March 30. Some partner sites in Chicago and the suburbs will remain open. 

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


All HarrysButtons locations, including Machesney Park, Tinley Park and Chicago are closed through March 30th. 

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 the WHO and CDC, as well as our school district partners and local and state health officials

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