September 27, 2017

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $42 Million for Head Start Programs Throughout Chicagoland


[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $42,437,193 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the greater Chicago area.

"I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in the Chicago area 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 funding will help level the playing field for thousands of families throughout Chicago by promoting healthy development and school readiness for kindergarten and elementary school children,"
said Durbin. "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."

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

· City of Chicago (Chicago, IL): $20,750,910
· Kankakee School District #111 (Kankakee, IL): $2,808,161
· Christopher House (Chicago, IL): $1,303,731
· Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois (Chicago, IL): $1,126,109
· Chicago Commons Association (Chicago, IL): $1,241,027
· Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Inc. (Joliet, IL): $1,058,334
· Child Care Resource & Referral (Joliet, IL): $1,533,430
· Ounce of Prevention Fund (Chicago, IL): $2,288,249
· Two Rivers Head Start Agency (Aurora, IL): $9,237,896
· Ounce of Prevention Fund (Chicago, IL): $1,089,346