Resources

During our Shelter in Place there are additional resources that may be beneficial to you.
 
“Meals for Kids” interactive map – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The 
 directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals. 

Food Finder
 displays USDA’s Meals for Kids locations on their web and mobile app

USDA National Hunger Hotline is available for anyone seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish). 

LearnAway!, a website where educators teaching birth to 12th grade can find and share resources, curriculum and ideas to support remote learning.

https://ladseschroeder.weebly.com/ resources for students who need speech therapy, occupational therapy, and adaptive physical education

http://illinoisunidos.com/ resources during COVID-19


AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE LAKE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF WAUKEGAN
This is is not an all inclusive link. Use 211lakecoutny.org or dial 211 from anywhere in Lake County to speak to a counselor

Organization/Web Site Links

A Safe Place the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County, Illinois

Boys and Girls Club of Lake County provides after school and summer programming for children. Virtual club option during COVID-19

Boys Scouts of America provides character building programs for children. Virtual scouting activities during COVID-19

Catholic Charities of Lake County has a broad array of services. COVID-19 service and response are available

Childserv offers a wide range of services for children, from foster care to early childhood education throughout the Chicagoland area. Temporarily closed during COVID-19

College of Lake County- the county's community college also offers free adult educational classes. Buildings are closed during COVID-19

COOL  offers food pantry, family housing and veterans assistance

Habitat for Humanity helps families build and improve places to call home

 Job Center of Lake County connects employers and workforce and provides resources for those seeking employment. Closed during COVID-19 but working remotely. You may Email your request to elocke@lakecountyil.gov or call 847-377-3450  

IL Department of Employment Securityadministers state unemployment benefits, runs the employment service and Illinois Job Bank, and publishes labor market information. Emergency rules are in place to assist more families during COVID-19

IL Department of Human Services- provides a variety of assistance including SNAP benefits and Medical Card. 

Lake County Affordable Housing Commission provides grant funds and forgivable loans to qualifying Lake County residences. 

Lake County Health Department and Community Center provides a variety of health services including immunizations, doctor appointments, addiction rehab, dental and mental health services. 

Lake Behavioral Health offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services for patients 12 and older. They are open during COVID-19 but are not accepting visitors. 

HACES programs are: Legalization, Immigrant Family Resource, Health Plans Enrollment and Navigation, Citizenship and naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, School Parent Mentors, and Bilingual GED preparation.   .

 

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center mission is to empower immigrant families in Lake County, IL to become full participants in American life. This includes a variety of programs

 

NICASA provides behavioral health and substance abuse assistance. They remain open during COVID-19 and have included virtual resources during this time

 

Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low income persons and those age 60 and over.  During COVID-19 you may call the main office number at 847-662-6925 to speak to a telephone counseling attorney Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm and special telephone access for victims of domestic violence on Wednesday evenings between 6 pm and 8 pm.  

 

PADS of Lake County is a homeless shelter. During COVID-19 shelters are closed but access to individual accommodations is available after being assessed at the Waukegan location during the hours fo 8-4, Monday- Friday. You may also call 847-689-4357

 

Salvation Army offers a variety of services including assistance with utility bill payments, safe shelter, and food security. During COVID-19 food pantries are closed but are providing meals in to-go boxes. An Emotional and Spiritual Support Hotline has also been created and is available from 8-4 by calling 877-740-8829. You may also leave a message

 

Roberti Community House has over 20 different programs including a culinary pathway. During COVID-19 their efforts have shifted to focus on food recover, prepartions and distribution 

 

UMMA Centers provides free GED and computer training as well as ESL and Spanish classes. During COVID-19 food pantry remains open Monday and Wednesday 10-3. GED students are allowed to work form home but all other classes are postponed. You may call 847-336-6136 or email info@ummacenters.org

 

Waukegan Public Library beyond books and other media the library provides a variety of services and classes. During COVID-19 you are able to apply for a free library card online to access all their online resources. 

 

YWCA of Lake County provides services to empower women and eliminate racism including Childcare Assistance Program. During COVID-19 they will be closed ot the public but staff is available remotely. 

 


STATE OF ILLINOIS


Organization Web Site:

Illinois Department on Aging

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Illinois Housing Development Authority

Illinois Department of Human Rights

 

EDUCATIONAL LINKS:


Literacy

Reviewed Childrens Books

National Center for Family Literacy

Improving Early Reading Achievement

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


Parent Links

Helping your Child with Homework


Bilingual Education

Google Translate

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

Discovery School: Foreign Languages


SPECIAL EDUCATION LINKS:

Organizations and Agencies for Special Needs Children

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE)

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Council for Exceptional Children

US Department of Education


Information on Specific Conditions

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

American Foundation for the Blind

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Dyslexia

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Information and Resources on Adult Special Needs and Special Education Issues

Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Illinois Division of Developmental Disability Services

Society for Disability Studies


Advocacy

Illinois Developmental Disabilities Council

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates


Assistive Technology

Illinois Assistive Technology Program


Behavioral Issues and Topics

Functional Behavioral Assessments

 

Bullying

NASP: Bullying Prevention and Intervention


Alternate Assessment

Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA)

Interactive Illinois Report Card


Guardianship

The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission


High School

Successful Transitions: Making the Move to High School

 

Higher Education

Higher Education Questions and Answers for Students with Disabilities

WrightsLaw: Help for College Students with Disabilities


Homebound

Special Needs Student Transportation


IEP Development

WrightsLaw: Smart IEPs

WrightsLaw: Writing IEPs for Success


Inclusion

WrightsLaw: Inclusion

PACER.org: Telling Classmates about Child's Disability


Military Families

STOMP Project Training


Literacy

WrightsLaw: Students with IEPs can receive Title 1 Services

WrightsLaw: Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs


Recreation/Leisure

Illinois Special Olympics


KIDS LINKS

A Word a Day

American Girl: Fun for Girls

Angelina Ballerina

PBS Kids

Bananaboo

Ben and Jerry's Fun Stuff

Billy Bear's Playground

Bob the Builder

Brain Bashers

Chateau Meddybemps: Learning Activities

Chess Kids Academy

Children's Storybooks Online

Cool Spots for Kids

Dave Pilkey's Web Site of Fun

Disney Junior

Exploratorium

Fact Monster

FunBrain

Funology.com

Hip Pocket Change

How Stuff Works

Kids Activities

Kids.gov

Kids Mysteries

Learning Planet

LegoLand

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic: Education

Newseum

NIEHS Kids' Pages

OwlKids.com

PuzzleMaker

Scholastic for Kids

Signing Time (Sign Language)

Smithsonian Kids

Smithsonian: Kids Collecting

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