The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' Department of Early Childhood Education has been awarded a five-year grant from the Office of Head Start within the Administration of Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services.

These grants will be utilized for the Choctaw Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

"We are pleased to be a recipient of this grant from the Office of Head Start," said Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. "We must all work together to provide the best services possible to ensure that our young children are well-prepared for receiving a quality education. I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of the entire staff at our Department of Early Childhood Education."  

The OHS awards grants to public and private agencies on a competitive basis to provide these comprehensive services to specific communities. Recently, OHS moved from indefinite project periods to definite five-year project periods for all eligible Head Start grants as part of the Designation Renewal System (DRS). The DRS ensures that the organizations of the highest quality continue to provide Head Start services and opens the service areas of others to competition. Continued funding for grantees will be determined by certain conditions and whether grantees are delivering a high-quality and comprehensive program.

Head Start and Early Start are federal programs that promote the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.