Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Craig speaks at the press conference.
Earlier today, the Superintendent of West Aurora Schools, Dr. Jeff Craig spoke at a press conference at the invitation of the governor. Dr. Craig has been a longtime advocate for early childhood education and through his role as chairman of the Aurora Education Commission, has seen firsthand the impact that a quality early childhood education and care system can make.
At the press conference, the governor announced that Illinois will receive $1.6 billion in federal funding to increase access to high-quality early childhood education and childcare. This includes $140 million in direct grants to providers over the next three weeks, adding to the $290 million granted last year.
"A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong base for learning in kindergarten through grade twelve and beyond," stated Craig. "Ensuring that every community has access to those services is imperative to the collective work we do in advancing preschool through post-secondary education in Illinois."