Posted on January 24, 2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded a grant of nearly $16 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Shelby County. "I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support Shelby County's youngest students," said Frist. "We owe the gift of education to all of our children, and Head Start helps ensure that Tennessee's underserved students are given every opportunity to succeed in the classroom." "I look forward to working with Senator Frist and my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen the Head Start program in the New Year," said Alexander. "I appreciate this significant investment in Shelby County's most precious resource, our children." The grant is $15,859,049 for the Shelby County government to support Head Start programs throughout Shelby County. The Head Start program delivers comprehensive and high-quality services to foster healthy development in low-income children. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.