Posted on March 7, 2006
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the announcement of a Head Start grant of more than $3.6 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency in Kingsport. “I’m pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support Kingsport’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 Kingsport’s children by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Head Start program.” The grant is $3,602,094 for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency and will 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 five, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and with a goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.