Health department gets $2.3 million grant - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Health department gets $2.3 million grant

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WSIL -- The Southern Seven Health Department is getting federal grant money to help provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children.

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $2,313,613 to support the Head Start and Early Head Start program/

Southern Seven serves more than 500 children in Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties.

"This federal funding helps ensure that children in Southern Illinois have the strong educational foundation they need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said. "The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are sources of countless success stories in Illinois and remain crucial for healthy development and school readiness."

"I'm proud to support programs like Head Start that give children in Southern Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential," U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said. "When we invest in childhood education and parental support services, we help provide children with the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom."


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