News

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2011

State Board awards nearly $46 million toward child development and support services for at-risk families with infants and toddlers


Prevention Initiative Program helps build foundation for learning

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that it has awarded nearly $46 million in state funds to 283 programs that support at-risk families with infants to 3-year olds as part of the Early Childhood Block Grant for fiscal year 2012. Additionally, the state awarded the Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund with a $5 million grant to provide statewide technical assistance and training to these programs over the course of five years.

“Thanks to these funds, hundreds of struggling families receive support services to help ensure their children get off to a good start in life,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Providing families with early support and services can make a critical difference in a child’s ability to later learn and thrive in the classroom.”

The Prevention Initiative grants, established in 1988 under the Illinois School Code, provide voluntary coordinated services for at-risk infants and toddlers and their families. These grants are funded through the state’s Early Childhood Block grant that primarily funds preschool programs for children ages 3 to 5. Prevention Initiative programs offer continuous, intensive and research-based child development and family support services for expecting parents and families with children from birth to age 3 to help them build a strong foundation for learning.

During the past year, more than 29,000 children and their families received services through Prevention Initiative programs. This fiscal year, 173 suburbanand downstate programs applied for grant funding and 158 were chosen after an application and review process that included internal ISBE and external early childhood experts.

Another approximately 125 programs will be funded through Chicago School District 299’s portion of Early Childhood Block grant funds. The Early Childhood Block Grant requires that at least 11 percent of the grant be used to fund programs for children from birth to age 3 years.  For Chicago, this is a minimum of $13.2 million dollars of their block grant funds. Prevention Initiative Programs across the state may have multiple sites.

The Ounce of Prevention Fund will implement a comprehensive training and technical assistance system for Prevention Initiative Birth to Three programs. The Ounce will assist all programs to fulfill the statutory mandate to implement research-based, comprehensive child development and family support services. The Ounce must meet annual benchmarks under terms of the five-year grant.

“This program will allow more families and children to embark on a firm path toward better education, health and other outcomes,” said Diana Mendley Rauner, president of The Ounce of Prevention Fund.  “We look forward to helping those in our field create the nurturing and stimulating environments that we need to engage parents and children, starting at the earliest ages, so that they can succeed in school and in life.”

The following programs will be funded with Prevention Initiative Grants in FY12:

Entity
Serving County
FY 12 Funding
TRANSITIONS OF WESTERN ILLINOIS Adams
$159,600
LIBERTY CUSD 2 Adams
$48,443
EGYPTIAN COMM UNIT SCH DIST 5 Alexander
$72,562
CAIRO USD 1 Alexander
$89,500
BOND COUNTY CUSD 2 Bond
$53,000
BROWN COUNTY CUSD 1 Brown
$75,647
PRINCETON ELEM SCHOOL DIST 115 Bureau
$104,459
CALHOUN CUSD 40 Calhoun
$102,807
WEST CARROLL CUSD 314 Carroll
$120,235
BEARDSTOWN C U SCH DIST 15 Cass
$149,039
DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES CENTER Champaign
$178,982
URBANA SD 116 Champaign
$261,000
MENTAL HEALTH CENTER CHAMPAIGN Champaign
$246,994
MORRISONVILLE CUSD 1 Christian
$29,340
CHRISTIAN/MONTGOMERY ROE Christian/Montgomery
$473,641
CLAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Clay
$160,000
FLORA CUSD 35 Clay
$85,000
WESCLIN CUSD 3 (Trenton) Clinton
$29,321
ST ROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT 14-15 Clinton
$16,067
COOK COUNTY SD 130 (Blue Island, Crestwood) Cook
$266,994
SCHAUMBURG CCSD 54 Cook
$140,000
THE CENTER:RESOURCES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING Cook
$222,905
EVANSTON CCSD 65 Cook
$500,000
CHINESE AMERICAN SERVICE LEAGUE Cook
$140,000
ESD 159 (Matteson) Cook
$74,085
HARVEY SD 152 Cook
$233,057
TINLEY PARK CCSD 146 Cook
$92,575
BELLWOOD SD 88 Cook
$85,000
INFANT WELFARE SOCIETY Cook
$101,652
ACTION FOR CHILDREN Cook
$236,000
CHILDSERV Cook
$501,573
SCHILLER PARK SD 81 Cook
$141,466
W HARVEY-DIXMOOR PSD 147 Cook
$206,419
EL VALOR CORPORATION Cook
$443,198
ASIAN HUMAN SERVICES INC Cook
$85,382
BERWYN SOUTH SD 100 Cook
$93,410
EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN HAVE OPPORTUNITIES Cook
$1,097,042
CCSD 168 Cook
$218,659
BETHEL NEW LIFE Cook
$296,430
FOREST RIDGE SD 142 Cook
$132,059
MIDLOTHIAN SCHOOL DIST 143 Cook
$62,375
HENRY BOOTH HOUSE Cook
$177,480
TOWNSHIP HSD 214 Cook
$74,922
CCSD 62 Cook
$70,000
LYONS SD 103 Cook
$58,000
SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY Cook
$106,366
OUNCE OF PREVENTION FUND Cook
$909,234
SPEED SPECIAL EDUCATION JOINT AGREEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #802 Cook
$113,000
POSEN-ROBBINS ESD 143-5 Cook
$76,800
J S MORTON HSD 201 Cook
$93,766
CHILDRENS CENTER OF CICERO-BERWYN Cook
$522,643
LEES INFANT & CHILD CARE CENTER Cook
$83,182
CHILDRENS HOME AND AID SOCIETY Cook/McLean/Madison
$404,191
HUTSONVILLE C U SCHOOL DIST 1 Crawford
$50,300
ROBINSON C U SCHOOL DIST 2 Crawford
$55,521
DE KALB ROE DeKalb
$160,413
DEKALB CUSD 428 DeKalb
$70,996
BLUE RIDGE CUSD 18 Dewitt
$52,625
KEENEYVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 20 DuPage
$53,200
GLEN ELLYN SD 41 DuPage
$34,000
WEST CHICAGO ESD 33 DuPage
$617,492
BENSENVILLE SD 2 DuPage
$50,000
DU PAGE ROE DuPage
$123,000
WOODRIDGE SD 68 DuPage
$150,000
NAPERVILLE CUSD 203 DuPage
$130,000
WOOD DALE SD 7 DuPage
$48,069
SHILOH COMM UNIT SCH DIST 1 Edgar
$65,120
PARIS-UNION SCHOOL DIST 95 Edgar
$83,864
NORTH GREENE UNIT DIST 3 Greene
$90,442
HAMILTON CO CUSD 10 Hamilton
$71,142
BUREAU/HENRY/STARK ROE Henry
$140,032
ABILITIES PLUS INC Henry/Stark
$110,160
CARBONDALE ESD 95 Jackson
$75,356
MURPHYSBORO CUSD 186 Jackson
$803,307
UNITY POINT CCSD 140 Jackson
$102,000
CARBONDALE COMM H S DISTRICT 165 Jackson
$141,000
ARCHWAY INC Jackson/Perry
$77,450
ARC COMMUNITY SUPPORT SYSTEMS Jasper/Richland/Lawrence/ Crawford
$166,592
JERSEY CUSD 100 Jersey
$125,000
ELGIN SD U-46 Kane
$327,896
SMARTSTEPS Kane
$173,900
KANE COUNTY Kane
$290,389
AURORA WEST USD 129 Kane
$88,000
AURORA EAST USD 131 Kane
$173,000
CUSD 300 Kane
$85,886
FAMILY FOCUS Kane/Cook/Lake
$1,371,149
PEMBROKE CCSD 259 Kankakee
$177,000
BRADLEY SD 61 Kankakee
$88,172
BOURBONNAIS SD 53 Kankakee
$47,812
KANKAKEE SD 111 Kankakee
$200,000
HERSCHER CUSD 2 Kankakee
$63,800
GALESBURG CUSD 205 Knox
$74,081
YWCA OF LAKE COUNTY Lake
$341,674
WAUKEGAN CUSD 60 Lake
$160,000
ANTIOCH CCSD 34 Lake
$57,650
OGLESBY ELEM SCH DIST 125 LaSalle
$43,962
MENDOTA CCSD 289 LaSalle
$62,025
SINNISSIPPI CTRS INC Lee
$230,000
LEE/OGLE ROE Lee/Ogle
$32,257
ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE Logan
$151,912
MACON RESOURCES INC Macon
$242,282
MACON/PIATT ROE Macon
$771,791
DECATUR SD 61 Macon
$281,648
ARGENTA-OREANA CUSD 1 Macon
$22,610
NORTHWESTERN CUSD 2 Macoupin
$40,200
CARE-O-SEL DAY CARE INC Macoupin
$122,019
ROXANA CUSD 1 Madison
$45,204
EAST ALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 13 Madison
$171,321
ALTON CUSD 11 Madison
$192,084
TRIAD CUSD 2 Madison
$35,000
COLLINSVILLE C U SCH DIST 10 Madison
$142,538
EARLY EXPLORATIONS INC Madison
$134,519
WOOD RIVER-HARTFORD ESD 15 Madison
$45,000
GRANITE CITY CUSD 9 Madison
$95,676
MADISON CUSD 12 Madison
$127,300
HAVANA CUSD 126 Mason
$95,000
HANCOCK/MC DONOUGH ROE McDonough/Hancock/Fulton/ Schuyler
$271,468
HARVARD CUSD 50 McHenry
$40,271
WOODSTOCK CUSD 200 McHenry
$72,000
LEROY COMMUNITY UNIT SCH DIST 2 McLean
$34,298
DE WITT/LIVINGSTON/MCLEAN ROE McLean
$150,000
HILLSBORO CUSD 3 Montgomery
$51,216
NOKOMIS CUSD 22 Montgomery
$34,734
JACKSONVILLE SD 117 Morgan
$246,157
COMMUNITY CHLDCR & SVC CTR INC Morgan
$185,512
MOULTRIE COUNTY BEACON  INC Moultrie
$50,000
CRITTENTON CENTERS Peoria
$116,008
PEORIA HGHTS C U SCH DIST 325 Peoria
$140,000
Peoria Citizens Committee For Economic Opportunity, Inc Peoria
$166,188
CHILDRENS HOME ASSOC OF ILLINOIS Peoria
$305,182
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF GTR PEORIA Peoria
$294,941
WESTERN CUSD 12 Pike
$51,237
CHESTER COMM UNIT SCH DIST 139 Randolph
$58,352
EAST RICHLAND CUSD 1 Richland
$120,747
ROCK ISLAND ROE Rock Island
$248,963
SPRINGFIELD SD 186 Sangamon
$335,848
NEW BERLIN CUSD 16 Sangamon
$54,998
HARMONY EMGE SD 175 St. Clair
$55,985
LESSIE BATES DAVIS NEIGHBORHOOD St. Clair
$437,000
BELLEVILLE SD 118 St. Clair
$81,595
MASCOUTAH CUD 19 St. Clair
$20,080
CARROLL/JO DAVIESS/STEPHENSON ROE Stephenson/Jo Daviess/ Carroll
$492,107
PEKIN PSD 108 Tazewell
$44,203
DEER CREEK-MACKINAW CUSD 701 Tazewell
$30,000
CENTER FOR CHILDRENS SER Vermillion
$167,200
DANVILLE CCSD 118 Vermillion
$83,390
WABASH C U SCH DIST 348 Wabash
$84,502
REGIONALOFFICE OF EDUCATION 27 Warren
$87,600
KIDDIE KOLLEGE OF FAIRFIELD Wayne
$156,013
WHITESIDE ROE Whiteside
$190,000
JOLIET TWP HS DIST 204 Will
$61,459
WILL COUNTY Will
$104,595
EASTER SEALS JOLIET REGION INC Will/Grundy/Kendall
$460,000
CARTERVILLE CUSD 5 Williamson
$160,632
HARLEM UD 122 Winnebago
$117,317
ROCKFORD SCHOOL DIST 205 Winnebago
$694,120
EL PASO-GRIDLEY CUSD 11 Woodford
$30,000
GERMANTOWN HILLS SCHOOL DIST 69 Woodford
$89,361
TOTAL - Outside City of Chicago  
$27,483,019
Chicago Public Schools Early Childhood Block Grant - 125 Schools/Agency Centers Chicago/Cook
$13,200,000
GRAND TOTAL
 
$40,683,019

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