Durbin, Duckworth Announce $21.9 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Head Start Programs In Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced a total of $21.9 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support the return to fully operational, in-person Head Start services for the children under the age of five most impacted by inequities exposed by the pandemic in Illinois. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families.

“This Head Start funding is an example of the critical economic support that the American Rescue Plan is providing for communities around Illinois,” Durbin said. “Many of the families served by these programs live in communities that have been disproportionately devastated by the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will help build the foundation for lifelong success by supporting early learning, health, and family well-being.”

“Early Head Start and Head Start programs are critical for kids throughout Illinois to have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom,” Duckworth said. “Investments in early childhood education and parental support programs aren’t just critical during this pandemic, they are investments in our future. I’m proud to continue supporting this program with Senator Durbin to help children reach their full potential.”

The following Head Start agencies have been awarded funding:


  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Inc. (Joliet): $836,354
  • CDI HS/Lake County, IL (Waukegan): $357,754
  • Chicago Commons Association (Chicago): $240,497
  • Child Care Resource & Referral (Joliet): $114,864
  • Childcare Network of Evanston (Evanston): $138,794
  • Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois (Chicago): $964,379
  • Christopher House (Chicago): $117,257
  • Community Action Agency for McHenry County, Inc. (Woodstock): $319,466
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Inc. (Chicago): $1,314,954
  • Educare of West DuPage (West Chicago): $229,728
  • El Valor Corporation (Chicago): $708,328
  • Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65 (Evanston): $257,248
  • Governors State University (University Park): $86,148
  • Howard Area Community Center (Chicago): $57,432
  • Illinois Action for Children (Chicago): $559,962
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (Chicago): $430,740
  • Kankakee School District 111 (Kankakee): $458,260
  • Metropolitan Family Services (Chicago): $492,958
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund (Chicago): $1,362,814
  • Proviso Leyden Council for Community Actions, Inc. (Maywood): $117,257
  • Two Rivers Head Start Agency (Aurora): $288,357
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (Chicago): $411,596


Central Illinois

  • Baby Talk, Inc. (Decatur): $174,689
  • C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. (Effingham): $470,225
  • CDI HS/Vermilion, Iroquois and Ford County, IL (Tilton): $498,941
  • Champaign County (Champaign): $796,869
  • Community Action Partnership Of Central Illinois (Lincoln): $440,312
  • Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation (Decatur): $223,746
  • Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (Greenup): $408,007
  • Heartland Head Start, Inc. (Bloomington): $329,038
  • Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc. (Peoria): $832,764
  • Springfield Urban League, Inc. (Springfield): $679,612
  • Tazewell-Woodford Head Start (East Peoria): $279,981


Southern Illinois and Metro East

  • B.C.M.W. Community Services, Inc. (Centralia): $457,063
  • Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale): $403,221
  • Centerstone of Illinois, Inc. (Marion): $101,703
  • Community Link, Inc. (Breese): $64,611
  • Illinois Valley Economic Development Corp (Gillespie): $285,964
  • Mount Vernon City Schools, District 80 (Mount Vernon): $260,837
  • Riverbend Head Start and Family Services (Alton): $908,144
  • Southern Seven Health Department (Ullin): $564,748
  • Wabash Area Development, Inc. (Enfield): $571,927
  • Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council (Steeleville): $368,522


Northern and Western Illinois

  • City of Rockford: $854,301
  • Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc. (Freeport): $227,335
  • Project Now, Inc. (East Moline): $394,845
  • Rock Island-Milan School District, Inc. (Rock Island): $357,754
  • Tri-County Opportunities Council, Inc. (Rock Falls): $757,385
  • West Central Community Services, Inc. (Monmouth): $373,308