Bustos announces $1.3 million in funding for Head Start in Mercer, Rock Island and Henry counties

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $1,310,816 grant for Project NOW’s Head Start programs in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 “I’m pleased to announce this important investment in future of our region’s youth and the larger community,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Today’s grant will help children and families get a jumpstart on a quality education and allow our young people to develop the skills they need to excel and be healthy and productive members of our communities.”

“We are pleased to be provided with this funding,” said Maureen Hart, Project NOW’s Executive Director. “It will allow us to continue to provide comprehensive school readiness and family support services to 360 area children and their families. We envision the whole community working hand in hand to meet human needs, protect human dignity and restore hope. This grant will enable us to do just that.”

Bustos is a strong supporter of Head Start and previously visited Project NOW’s Moline Head Start program to highlight the damaging impact of sequestration on early childhood education.

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.