Shelby County gets Head Start grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County has been awarded a $3.6 million federal grant to support projects that get children ready to start school.

In a Tuesday news release, Cohen says the grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will support Head Start projects that promote school readiness of children from birth until the age of 5 by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

The grant completes the current year's funding for a total of more than $23 million.

Head Start is a federal program that provides health, nutrition, social services and other services to needy children and their families.

Shelby County Head Start provides these services to more than 3,000 children.

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