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State officials award $46M for child development

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois education officials say $46 million in state funds is going toward child development and support services for at-risk families.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced the money on Monday.

Officials say the funds are going to almost 300 different programs that support at-risk families with children up to 3 years old. It's part of the Early Childhood Block Grant.

Education department chairman Gery Chico says the money ensures hundreds of struggling families will help their children get a good start in life.

Also, the state has awarded the Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund a $5 million grant over the next five years to help at-risk families.

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