Illinois gets $40M in federal funding for early childhood

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(AP) – State officials say Illinois will get over $40 million in federal funding for early childhood programs over the next three years.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the funding earlier this week.  

The state will get $13.4 million a year through 2022 to build programs and expand preschool programs for low-income and moderate-income families.

The money comes from a competitive grant program administrated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

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

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(This story was originally published on December 25, 2019)

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