WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $1,374,069 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for Freeport’s Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc.’s Head Start programs. Head Start promotes school readiness of young children from birth to age five from income eligible families by providing programming to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional development.
“A strong early childhood education is key to setting up future success both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “I’m pleased to make today’s announcement because these federal dollars will help children in Freeport have the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a mother of three boys, I know how important it is to lay a strong foundation in our children’s earliest years.”
“Head Start programs help build a stronger community and provide our children with the tools they need to be successful,” said Stephanie Lewis, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency Director. “That’s what makes this news so important and why I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her efforts to invest in our community.”
Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc. is a non-profit private organization that serves Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties with a focus on securing available resources like Head Start funding for families in the community. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services.