Durbin, Duckworth announce federal funding for Head Start programs


WASHINGTON (WAND) - Head Start programs in some central Illinois cities will be getting federal funding to help children from low-income families. 

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced a total of $9,175,062 in federal funding. The funding comes from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 

"I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Central 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."

The money is allocated to provided technical assistance, strategic partnerships and more in order to help promote the social and economic well-being of children and families. 

"This federal funding helps ensure that children in Central Illinois have the strong educational foundation they need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond," Durbin said.

The following Central Illinois providers will receive funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs under this announcement: 
•    Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (Champaign, IL): $2,595,734
•    Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (Greenup, IL): $1,824,551
•    Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (Lincoln, IL): $1,696,429

The following Central Illinois provider will receive funding for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs under this announcement:
•    The Illinois Department of Human Services (Springfield, IL): $3,058,348

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