Governor Pritzker Dedicates $10M in Emergency Relief Funds to Early Childhood Programs

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This week Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that public schools across the state will receive $108.5 million from the governor’s emergency education relief fund. Included in this amount is $10 million to be allocated for the support of early childhood programs.

According to the press release, early childhood “funding will support professional development and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation supports to early childhood professionals to address the social-emotional needs of young children, and an innovative text-messaging project will be launched to help parents support their children’s learning at home. Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative programs in those areas most impacted by Covid-19 will receive flexible funding to support home learning materials, personal protective equipment, technology and/or additional staffing.”

GEER funding supplements the CARES Act funds provided directly to schools through the U.S. Department of Education.