Quinn Announces $80M Grant For Early Childhood Ed. By WNIJ • Dec 11, 2014 ShareTweetEmail Illinois won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Credit Flickr user / Lee Ruk "2013 Dec.19, Pre-School 3" (CC BY 2.0) Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. The state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years. The program is intended to help four-year-olds from low-income families attend preschool. Tags: EducationfundingShareTweetEmail Related Content Report: More Than Half Of Illinois Public School Students Are Low-Income By Ryan Pumroy • Oct 16, 2014 Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0) New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.