The state has issued 14 construction grants to early childhood education facilities.  The 14 early childhood construction Grants totaling $45 million are part of the state’s capital construction program. The state is touting the grants as a first-of-a-kind construction program in the nation.
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The money can be used for new projects or renovations to existing facilities. Funds were awarded through a competitive grant process that included specifying how the funds would be spent to improve early childhood education in the community.
  • Cahokia– Lighthouse Early Learning - $1.3 million. Construction of a new 8,000-square foot facility to provide services to children ages birth to 5.
  • Carpentersville– Tom Thumb Community Childcare Center - $5.0 million. Construction of a new 27,000-square foot facility for infants and toddlers.
  • Chicago- Chicago Urban Day School - $183,690. Renovation.
  • Chicago– Christopher House - $5 million. Demolition and construction of new 28,500 building with classrooms and office space.
  • Chicago– Korean American Community Services - $847,625. Renovation.
  • Chicago– Roseland Community Good news Daycare Center - $461,820. Demolition of old building and construction of a new building.
  • Chicago– Tiny Tots Villa - $100,000. Renovation.
  • Cicero– Through a Child’s Eyes - $5 million. Purchase existing building and renovate to create early childhood facility.
  • Dolton– Dolton Park - $3.5 million. Demolition of current facility and construction on current site.
  • Hanover Park – Keeneyville School District 20 - $1.6 million. Create a 6,000-square foot preschool facility on the Greenbrook Elementary Site.
  • Harvard– Brown Bear Daycare and Learning Center - $3.2 million. Expansion of existing facility.
  • Joliet– One Hope United - $3.1 million. Purchase existing building and renovate to create early childhood facility.
  • Kankakee– YWCA - $2.4 million. Demolition of portion of existing facility and construction of classroom, kitchen and work space.
  • Loves Park – Harlem Community Center Hand-n-Hand Child Care Center - $4 million. Construction of new 20,540-square foot facility.

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