Second Hand Smoking Newsletters provided by the Lake County Health Department
Smoking_COVID_SHS.pdf Newsletter #1:  Frequently Asked Questions about Smoking and COVID
Smoking_COVID_SHS_Spanish.pdf  Boletín Informativo #1 Preguntas frecuentes sobre fumar y COVID
SHS and Youth.pdf  Newsletter #2: Second Hand Smoking and its Affect on Youth
SHS and Youth_Spanish.pdf  Boletín Informativo #2  El humo de segunda mano y su efecto en los jóvenes

Meal resources:
“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). resources during COVID-19

This is is not an all inclusive link. Use 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 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


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. 



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



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


Reviewed Childrens Books

National Center for Family Literacy

Improving Early Reading Achievement

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Lexile Level Search tool 

Parent Links

Helping your Child with Homework

Bilingual Education

Google Translate

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

Discovery School: Foreign Languages


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


National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

National Multiple Sclerosis Society resources for students who need speech therapy, occupational therapy, and adaptive physical education

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


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



NASP: Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Alternate Assessment

Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA)

Interactive Illinois Report Card


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


Special Needs Student Transportation

IEP Development

WrightsLaw: Smart IEPs

WrightsLaw: Writing IEPs for Success


WrightsLaw: Inclusion Telling Classmates about Child's Disability

Military Families

STOMP Project Training


WrightsLaw: Students with IEPs can receive Title 1 Services

WrightsLaw: Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs


Illinois Special Olympics


A Word a Day

American Girl: Fun for Girls

Angelina Ballerina

PBS Kids


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


Fact Monster


Hip Pocket Change

How Stuff Works

Kids Activities

Kids Mysteries

Learning Planet


National Geographic Kids

National Geographic: Education


NIEHS Kids' Pages


Scholastic for Kids

Signing Time (Sign Language)

Smithsonian Kids

Smithsonian: Kids Collecting

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