Bustos Announces Nearly $3 Million in Federal Funding for Project NOW’s Head Start Programs

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced a $2,942,007 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for Project NOW, Inc.’s Head Start programs. Head Start promotes school readiness for young children from underserved families by providing programming to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional development from birth to age five.

“Project NOW’s Head Start programs provide essential services to families and children across our region,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m excited to make this announcement today and hope that these federal dollars provide children with the foundation they need to be successful in school and beyond. As a mother of three boys, I understand how important it is to invest in our children and I’ll continue my work to ensure they have a lifetime of opportunity.”

“Today’s news furthers the mission of Project NOW and I cannot stress how important these programs are to children right here in our communities,” said Maureen Hart, Executive Director of Project NOW, Inc. “Head Start is a tremendous program that helps families, and their children, achieve their goals. I’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos for her commitment to ensuring children are ready for school and their families have the opportunity to succeed.”

Project NOW, a Community Action Agency, operates three Head Start locations across Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties and provides services to promote economic security for families across the region. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services.