Alexander, Frist Applaud over $7.8 Million in Head Start Funding for Shelby County

Posted on January 26, 2006

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded a Head Start grant of over $7.8 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Shelby County Government’s Head Start program. “I’m pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support Shelby County’s children and families,” Frist said. “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. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the commitment of HHS to the growth and development of all America’s children.” “Head Start programs have been beneficial to both communities and participants across Tennessee,” Alexander said. “I’m very happy to see this investment in Shelby County’s children by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Head Start program.” The grant is $7,845,136 for the Shelby County Government to support Head Start programs. 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.