March 23, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $15 Million For Head Start Programs Throughout Illinois


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded six Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Illinois a total of $15,656,772 in federal funding.

“I’m proud to support programs like Head Start and Early Head Start that give children throughout Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential,” Duckworth said. “When we invest in childhood education and parental support services, we help provide children with the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.”

“This federal funding will help ensure that children throughout Illinois have the strong educational foundation they need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond,” Durbin said. “The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are sources of countless success stories in our state and remain crucial for healthy development and school readiness.”

The following Illinois providers will receive funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs under this announcement:

· Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, IL): $5,762,805
· Tri-County Opportunities Council, Inc. (Rock Falls, IL): $3,241,250
· Embarras River Basin Agency (Greenup, IL): $1,824,552

· C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation (Effingham, IL): $1,615,639
· Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (Lincoln, IL): $1,696,430
· Tazewell-Woodford Head Start (East Peoria, IL): $1,516,096