LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- More than four million dollars, that's how much money is on its way to the Harlem Community Center. It's part of the state's early childhood construction grants, which is paid for through the Illinois Jobs Now! program. HCC will use the money to 20,000 square foot child care center in Loves Park.
Ill. to spend $45M on early childhood education
CICERO (AP) -- The state of Illinois will spend $45 million on early childhood education in under-served areas.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding on Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Cicero at a pre-kindergarten program. The money will be divided into 14 Early Childhood Construction Grants and paid for through the governor's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.
The grant money can be used to buy or construction a facility or expand an existing facility. Grant recipients also can use the money to buy equipment and make safety improvements.
Early childhood providers in Cook, Kane, Kankakee, McHenry, St. Clair, Will and Winnebago counties will receive grants.