Alexander, Frist Announce $3.7 Million Grant For Kingsport Head Start Agency

Posted on January 6, 2004

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced a $3.7 million grant for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency in Kingsport through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for providing this critical funding for Kingsport's Head Start program," said Frist. "Head Start plants the seeds of success for our children's educational development, and this funding will support services that greatly improve the quality of life for more than 1,000 children in East Tennessee." "Head Start serves one million disadvantaged children through 19,000 Head Start centers across the country," said Alexander. "This investment will go a long way to boost Kingsport's efforts to help children in Northeast Tennessee. I will continue to work with Senator Frist and my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen this valuable program as it is reauthorized by Congress this year." The $3.7 million grant will aid more than 1,000 children, ages 3 to 5, who participate in the program. 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.