Illinois Receives $3.7 Million
Early Childhood Grant
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[January 10, 2019]
Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that the Governor’s Office of
Early Childhood Development has received a Preschool Development
Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is one of 45
distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Office of Child Care to enhance early childhood programming, which
includes Head Start and Early Head Start, state prekindergarten
programs, child care, and home visiting services. The Illinois
Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development will serve as the
lead agency for the grant, which will allow the Office to develop a
needs assessment and strategic plan and to strengthen the State's
system of early childhood programs.
“Decades of research have shown us that children who have a strong
educational and developmental foundation before they start
kindergarten are much more likely to be successful later in life,"
Rauner said. "The PDG B-5 grant will bolster our commitment to
making sure that every child in Illinois is well-prepared for
kindergarten and beyond."
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Promoting early childhood development has been a priority for Rauner since the
beginning of his administration. In 2016, an executive order established the
Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth, which convenes leaders from across
state agencies to improve outcomes for Illinois children and families. One of
the projects that the Children's Cabinet has adopted is promoting early
childhood workforce development.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to work across Illinois’ early care
and education systems to unify our planning and address barriers to access and
quality, as we continue to meet the needs of our youngest children and their
families,” said Cynthia Tate, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Governor’s Office
of Early Childhood Development.
The PDG B-5 grant will run through December 31, 2019, and the Office will have
the opportunity to apply for renewal grants before the end of the year.
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]