The Illinois Department of Human Services is increasing monthly benefit amounts, expanding SNAP access, and expediting process and flexibility. For many people, this will mean almost doubling their existing benefits. This expansion will result in almost $80 million more for Illinois families. Those eligible for SNAP include low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and working families. While many IDHS offices remain open, people are highly encouraged to stay at home and to sign up for SNAP and other benefits by visiting DHS.illinois.gov/helpishere.
The IRS is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others affected by the coronavirus.
Resources that offer tips for families, including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
Information from HealthyChildren.org.
Information from the National Association of School Psychologists.
Information from Save the Children
Parenting experts have created a new set of evidence-based resources for parents and caregivers to support their children’s growth – and interact with them constructively – during this time of confinement.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information for parents and caregivers to help them think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family — both physically and emotionally — and what they can do to help their family cope.
Information is available in both English and Spanish.
Information from PBS.
Information from HealthyChildren.org