Durbin, Duckworth Announce $11.5 Million In Grant Funding For Head Start Projects

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago will receive $11,516,272 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant funding to support the center’s Head Start programming, which offers services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development.

“Providing a strong education is one of the greatest gifts we can give the next generation.  This Head Start funding will help the Carole Robertson Center for Learning meet children where they’re at and provide them with the skills to be successful when they enter kindergarten,” said Durbin.  “I take my role as an advocate for children seriously, and I will continue to work alongside the Department of Health and Human Services to bring federal funding home to Illinois.”

 “Head Start programs are crucial for kids throughout Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Duckworth.  “This federal support for Chicago’s Carole Robertson Center for Learning won’t just support these children now but helps set them up for a prosperous future as well. I’m proud to continue supporting this program with Senator Durbin to help children reach their full potential.”