There’s a new Child Early Care program in Venice. The Madison County Regional Office of Education made the announcement on Monday, joined by Senator James Clayborne Jr. and State Representative Jay Hoffman. The Regional Superintendent of Schools credits those lawmakers with helping expedite the process of securing the grant to make this program happen.
About 70 students from three to five years of age will benefit from the program, funded by a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Robert Daiber tells The Big Z 96% of these kids qualify for free and reduced lunches, and 30% are classified under the federal guidelines as homeless.
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Daiber says the skills the children will get from this program are vital for hygiene, and their early development of preparatory skills to begin school.