Durbin Announces More Than $37.8 Million for Head Start & Early Head Start

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families has awarded Illinois Head Start and Early Head Start providers grants totaling $37,874,534 to support early education and comprehensive services for low-income children and families. Today’s funding, in addition to more than $20.5 million earlier this month, total more than $58 million for the month of June.
“The Head Start program is the source of countless success stories in Illinois and around the country—it’s a stepping stone children need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond,” said Durbin. “Today’s funding will help level the playing field for low-income children by promoting school readiness for kindergarten and elementary school.”
Under this announcement, the following Illinois providers will receive funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs:
·         Mount Vernon City School District 80: $1,466,533;
·         Pillars Community Services: $4,916,470;
·         Metropolitan Family Services: $5,499,154;
·         Illinois Action for Children: $6,085,075;
·         Heartland Head Start, Inc: $3,157,260;
·         City of Chicago: $14,883,431;
·         Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois: $1,866,611.