Bustos Announces More Than $7 Million in Federal Funding for Head Start Programs

Washington– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced more than $7 million in funding for the operation of three Head Start programs throughout Northwest and Central Illinois. The three grant recipients are the Northwestern Illinois Community Actions Agency, Rock Island-Milan School District and Tri-County Opportunities Council. The grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“A child’s circumstance should not dictate their future, which is why I’m proud to announce federal funding that will give children throughout Northwest and Central Illinois a better start in life,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Head Start has been proven to provide children with a strong foundation in their earliest years, and I will continue to fight for programs that give our kids the tools they need to succeed.”

Head Start programs prepare America’s most underserved children to succeed in school and beyond. To achieve this, Head Start promotes school readiness for young children from low-income families from birth to age five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start services are delivered through 1,600 agencies nationwide that tailor programs to fit local needs.

Grant totals:

  • Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency – $1,316,844
  • Rock Island-Milan School District – $2,418,544
  • Tri-County Opportunities Council – $3,310,537