Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Cohen Announces More Than $11.5 Million for Shelby County Head Start Projects

December 14, 2016
Press Release

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Shelby County Board of Education has been awarded an $11,530,676 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support Head Start projects.

“Today’s funding for Shelby County’s Head Start projects is an investment in our children, our families and our future,” said Congressman Cohen. “Because of this important funding, children from low-income families throughout Memphis and Shelby County will be better prepared to learn when they enter school. Head Start is an important program that I am proud to support.”

Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Shelby County Head Start provides these services to nearly 5,000 children in Memphis and Shelby County.

The Head Start program was founded as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965 as an eight-week demonstration project. Since its founding, Head Start has served over 30 million children and their families in urban and rural areas in every corner of the nation and has grown to include full day as well as year services and numerous program options.