Gov. Pritzker announces competitive $60 million grant program for early childhood education


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – $60 million in Illinois Early Childhood Education Capital Grants will soon be available to Illinois schools, with funds being unlocked through the Rebuild Illinois Program.

This money goes to qualifying public school districts and early childhood nonprofits that provide educational, health, social or developmental services to children ages zero to five and their families.

“If we are to improve and transform our state’s education system, we must invest in our facilities,” Governor Pritzker said. “From cradle to career, every Illinois student deserves a quality, welcoming school environment where they can learn, grow and thrive. And thanks to Rebuild Illinois, we’ve made long-overdue investments in educational institutions at every level—through critical renovations, deferred maintenance projects, and site upgrades. This additional $60 million in grants will ensure Illinois’ youngest residents have the best possible learning experience.”

Centers looking to improve their ability to provide care or education to children in underserved communities could receive up to $10 million under the Early Childhood Construction Grant, with a three to 10 percent grant requirement. Rebuild Illinois, Pritzker’s $45 billion bipartisan capital plan, provides a total of $100 million in state funding for these early childhood education provider grants.

“The Illinois early childhood workforce provides critical care and education to thousands of families across the state. This building opportunity strengthens the physical infrastructure for educators and children at a crucial time in their lives. This investment builds heavily on Governor Pritzker’s proven commitment to making Illinois the best state in the country for raising young children,” said Grace Hou, secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until October 10, 2022. For more information, including eligibility criteria, see Grants – Grants (

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