Posted on December 29, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded a grant of nearly $5.5 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Shelby County. "I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for providing this critical funding for Shelby County's Head Start program," said Frist. "Head Start has proven itself as a catalyst for educational development of young children. This funding will support services that greatly improve the quality of life for children in Shelby County." "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 $5,495,480 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.