Pritzker ‘watching numbers very, very closely,’ but vague on potential to roll back reopening

Education, apprenticeship grants

Pritzker took reporters’ questions at an event announcing $4.7 million in grant funding to expand the Illinois Apprenticeship Program to serve an additional 568 residents in training programs over the next two years.

The grants through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will go to 25 organizations across the state to expand training programs and partnerships with an emphasis on growth in underserved communities, according to the governor’s office.

The funding comes from a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and $1.9 million in discretionary workforce funds invested by the state.

Later in the day, the governor’s office announced the state will dedicate $108.5 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, or GEER, funds to pre K-12 public schools and higher education institutions “to meet the unique challenges of COVID-19.”

The funding includes $10 million to support early childhood programs, including professional development to address the social-emotional needs of children. It also provides “flexible funding” to support home learning materials, personal protective equipment, technology or additional staffing for Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative programs in areas most impacted by COVID-19.


via The Southern

July 14, 2020 at 09:54PM

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