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(105 ILCS 5/1C-2)
(a) For fiscal year 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board
of Education shall award to school districts block grants as described in subsection
(c). The State Board of Education may adopt
rules and regulations necessary to implement this Section. In accordance with
Section 2-3.32, all state block grants are subject to an audit. Therefore,
block grant receipts and block grant expenditures shall be recorded to the
appropriate fund code.
(c) An Early Childhood Education Block Grant shall be created by combining
the following programs: Preschool Education, Parental Training and Prevention
Initiative. These funds shall be distributed to school districts and other
entities on a competitive basis, except that the State Board of Education shall award to a school district having a population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants 37% of the funds in each fiscal year. Not less than 14% of the Early Childhood Education Block Grant allocation of funds
shall be used to
fund programs for children ages 0-3. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016, at least 25% of any additional Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding over and above the previous fiscal year's allocation shall be used to fund programs for children ages 0-3. Once the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding allocated to programs for children ages 0-3 reaches 20% of the overall Early Childhood Education Block Grant allocation for a full fiscal year, thereafter in subsequent fiscal years the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding allocated to programs for children ages 0-3 each fiscal year shall remain at least 20% of the overall Early Childhood Education Block Grant allocation. However, if, in a given fiscal year, the amount appropriated for the Early Childhood Education Block Grant is insufficient to increase the percentage of the grant to fund programs for children ages 0-3 without reducing the amount of the grant for existing providers of preschool education programs, then the percentage of the grant to fund programs for children ages 0-3 may be held steady instead of increased.
(Source: P.A. 99-589, eff. 7-21-16; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17.)