April 28, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $2 Million in Grants to Head Start Programs in Southern Illinois


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $2,649,316 in federal funding to Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council to support access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the region. This investment comes through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Head Start and Early 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.”

“This federal funding will help Southern Illinois children build a foundation for lifelong success by supporting early learning, health, and family well-being,” Durbin said. “The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are sources of countless success stories throughout our state, and Senator Duckworth and I will continue supporting investments in these important programs.”

Head Start and Early Head Start programs focus on education, nutrition, socio-emotional development and physical and mental health for children from birth to age five.