Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a $2,353,090 grant for Rock Island-Milan School District 41. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be put toward Head Start projects.
“I’m pleased to announce this important investment in Rock Island and Milan youth and the larger community,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Today’s grant will help children and families get a jumpstart on a quality education and allow our young people to develop the skills they need to excel and be healthy and productive members of our communities.”
“We know that a child’s education begins well before he or she enters a school building for the first day of kindergarten,” said Senator Dick Durbin. “Unfortunately, we also know that many children enter kindergarten well behind their peers, and sometimes aren’t able to catch up. This investment in Rock Island and Milan’s Head Start program will give low-income children in the area the solid foundation they need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond.”
“We are thrilled to be provided with this funding,” said Mike Oberhaus, Superintendent of Rock Island-Milan School District 41. “This grant will allow us to continue to serve more than 300 children and families in Rock Island County by providing quality pre-school and partnering with families to set up our young students for future success.”
The grant funding will go toward Head Start programs in Rock Island and Milan. Bustos previously sent a letter of support for the Rock Island-Milan School District’s Head Start grant and is a strong supporter of Head Start, a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.