Senator Clayborne speaks at Early Care Grant press conferenceSPRINGFIELD - State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) supported a $200,000 state grant that will help poor children in the Venice School District.

The grant program, operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, is called the Early Care Grant and will be operated at Venice Elementary School.

Clayborne supported the grant because the Venice Head Start program was closed due to federal budget cuts. In the new grant, no federal money is included.

“Providing opportunities for our youth in poverty is essential for these children to have foundational skills to begin school. This is a true outcome of this grant,” Clayborne said.

The Early Care program will play an important part in the development of children by including screening, placement referrals, teaching them about nutrition and working with their families. 

The grant is for one year but program officials hope to receive additional funding in the future. It’s a great start for the Venice School District.

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