Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will tour and meet with children and administrators at Webster Head Start in Peoria and discuss why investing in early childhood education should be an economic priority and is an important down-payment on our region’s economic well-being. She will also outline the negative impact of the automatic cuts, known as sequestration, on local children and families.
Due to sequestration, which Bustos has always been against and has fought to end, Head Start will serve over 1,600 fewer children in Illinois alone this year and 33,410 fewer days of service will be provided for the remaining children.
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Over Head Start children’s lives they are less likely to need special education services or engage in unhealthy behaviors and are more likely to achieve success in school and in life.
In June, Bustos announced a $4,099,813 grant for Peoria-area Head Start programs. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and went to the Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Earlier in the day, Bustos will meet with workers at Caterpillar in East Peoria.
Bustos To Discuss Importance Of Investing In Early Childhood Education
Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
What: Bustos To Discuss Importance Of Investing In Early Childhood Education
Where: Webster Head Start, 923 W. Millman St., Peoria
When: Today, September 24th at 3 pm CT