- Associated Press - Saturday, April 6, 2019

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Head Start programs in a central Illinois are receiving $6.2 million in federal grants.

The office of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, an Illinois Democrat, announced the money for Peoria on Tuesday. Head Start and Early Head Start provide services to preschool children from low-income families to help their cognitive and social development.

The president of Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, McFarland A. Bragg II, said such programs are key to meeting the developmental needs of children.

Nearly 590 children take part in Peoria’s Head Start program and more than 100 participate in Early Head Start.

The grant comes through the Department of Health and Human Services. Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and sits on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee.

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