One Hope United Receives $3.1 Million Early Childhood Construction Grant From Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
One Hope United is thrilled to announce the receipt of a $3.1 million grant from the office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to support our early childhood education efforts. The Early Childhood Construction Grants are paid for by the Illinois Jobs Now! initiative, and One Hope United will use the funds to build a new early child care center in Joliet. The Joliet Early Learning Center will serve more than 200 children ages birth through age 12, with a special emphasis on serving infants and toddlers. Our 11 Child Development Centers across the Chicagoland area serve more than 1,200 children daily, and 10 have received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
“The achievement gap begins before a child steps foot into kindergarten,” Governor Quinn said. “We know that investing in early childhood education is the best way to ensure lifelong success for our students. By setting our youngest learners on the right track now, we can prepare them for a lifetime of growth and strengthen our economy for the future.”
Gov. Quinn announced the 14 recipients of the grants today at a press conference at Cicero’s “Through A Child’s Eyes” Program, attended by State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico and One Hope United Northern Region Executive Director, Mark McHugh, who spoke at the conference representing both One Hope United and the Illinois Early Learning Council, where he co-chairs the Capital Development and Infrastructure Committee. “We are excited to receive this grant and extend our ability to give young children across Illinois the early education they deserve,” McHugh said. “A child who is allowed to thrive and receive a nurturing, empowering start will become a prosperous and successful adult in the long run. We commend Gov. Quinn for his commitment to early childhood education across the state.”