Illinois to Receive $40 Million in Federal Funding for Early Childhood Programs

The Governor’s Office announced over the holidays that the state will receive $40.2 million in federal grants over the next three years to improve early childhood programs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will administer these grants requiring a 30-percent cost-sharing commitment from non-federal funds. The money will be used to build early childhood program infrastructure and expand high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities, the governor’s office said in a news release.

At the same time, Illinois is increasing reimbursement rates for child care providers and adding a new commission to look at funding and early education statewide.