September 09, 2022

Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $44 Million For Head Start Programs in Illinois


[CHICAGO. IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $44,270,775 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to support Head Start services for children under the age of five in receiving wrap-around support in early learning and development.

“Head Start and Early 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 these programs 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.”

“Head Start and Early Head Start programs grant our children equal access to achieving their full potential,” said Durbin. “This significant investment will help build the foundation for lifelong success for Illinois families, and I’ll continue supporting these programs that offer future generations extra support.”

Recipients of the Head Start grants include:

  • Chicago Commons Association: $26,382,476
  • Christopher House: $1,501,319
  • Kankakee School District 111: $3,217,986
  • West Central Community Services, Inc: $2,848,578
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago: $7,031,779
  • Two Rivers Head Start Agency: $3,288,637