Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $6 Million For Head Start Programs In Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $6,273,956 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs across Illinois.

“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.  “This funding will help level the playing field for families in Illinois by promoting healthy development and school readiness for kindergarten and elementary school.”
“Every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, which is why it’s so important that programs like Head Start have the resources they need to support Illinois children and families,” Duckworth said.  “These investments in childhood education and parental support services will help provide our state’s children with the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.”
Under this announcement, the following Illinois providers will receive funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs:
·         The City of Rockford: $2,928,176
·         Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL): $1,596,119
·         Embarras River Basin Agency: $1,749,661