WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $1,334,110 in federal funding for Project NOW, Inc.’s Head Start program. Established in the late-1960s, Project NOW is a Community Action Agency that serves low-income families in the Quad-City area and strives to help them achieve economic security and self-sufficiency. This funding will be used to support teachers and staff, transportation, classroom supplies and equipment. Project NOW’s Head Start program serves approximately 330 children across Rock Island, Mercer and Henry Counties.
“I’m so pleased to join Senators Durbin and Duckworth to announce this important investment in our Quad-City kids, our community and our future,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “As a mother of three boys, I know that nothing is more important than investing in our children to ensure that all of them have a chance to live up to their full potential. This grant will help give kids a strong foundation in their earliest years, so I will continue to fight for programs like Head Start that support our children and give families the tools they need to succeed.”
“We know that a child’s first years are the most crucial in their brain development. Head Start programs ensure children have the strong health and educational foundation they need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond,” Senator Durbin said. “This funding will help level the playing field for families in the Quad Cities by promoting school readiness for kindergarten and elementary school.”
“Head Start offers essential resources to our most vulnerable children, providing both comprehensive childhood education and parental support services. By investing in our children, we are making an investment in the strength of our families and our nation,” Senator Duckworth said. “I look forward to working with Congresswoman Bustos and Senator Durbin to help our children succeed both in and outside the classroom.”
“Head Start provides vital services to low-income children and their families – and I’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos and Senators Durbin and Duckworth for their continued and steadfast support for Head Start and Project NOW’s programs,” said Maureen Hart, Executive Director of Project NOW, Inc. “Because of this grant, hundreds of children in Western Illinois will have the school-readiness skills and the solid foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten, elementary school and through college. I’ll continue working with our federal representatives to ensure our programs have the resources they need to provide for our community.”