U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Thursday announced $46,851,870 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start services for Illinois children under age five.
“This federal investment will serve to lay the foundation for children’s lifelong success by supporting their early learning, health and family well-being,” Durbin said in a Senate press release. “I hope these organizations will thrive and open up new opportunities for local Illinois families with this additional support.”
The grants will help Head Start program participants receive holistic support for early learning and development.
“The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are essential for children in Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom,” Duckworth said in the press release. . “Investments in early childhood education and parenting support programs are investments in our future. I am proud to continue to support this program with Senator Durbin to help children reach their full potential.
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Locally, Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41 will receive $2,873,832 from these grants.
Statewide Head Start grant recipients include:
• Illinois Action for Children: $6,914,619
• School Board (INC): $2,178,465
• Illinois Department of Social Services: $3,601,798
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