Bustos Announces $2.5 Million in Federal Funding for Rock Island-Milan Head Start Program

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $2,524,007 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for Rock Island-Milan School District, 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.

“I’m pleased to make today’s announcement and continue to invest in the education of young children in our communities,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “Head Start is a tremendous program that provides our children with the tools they need to succeed, and I’ll continue to fight for programs like this that set young students up for a bright future.”

“Head Start programs play a key role in meeting the developmental needs of children in the Rock Island area,” said Nicole Berry, Director of Early Childhood Programs for Rock Island-Milan School District. “Congresswoman Bustos understands the importance of early childhood education and I thank her for leadership on this important issue.” 

Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services. Yesterday, Congresswoman Bustos announced additional Head Start funding for the Freeport community.