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Obama Official Visits Metro Action Commission Head Start Program

4/20/2012

OHS Director Commends Agency on diverse population reflected in staff at the center

Nashville, TN— Earlier this week the students of the Metropolitan Action Commission's Susan Gray Head Start program selected popular fairy tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff in a class vote as the book that HHS' Administration for Children and Families' Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, director for the Office of Head Start would read to the class. Director Sanchez Fuentes also participated in the “Hokey Pokey” dance when she visited another classroom.

During the tour of the center with staff, parents and the local media, Director Sanchez Fuentes, appointed to the top Head Start position by President Barack Obama, commended the agency on the diversity of the staff at the center.

“Head Start serves the most vulnerable population in a way that is best for the community. It is great to see that the diversity of the children served here is also reflected in the staff at the Susan Gray Head Start center,” said Director Sanchez Fuentes.

The Susan Gray Head Start Center, located in the southeast portion of Davidson County, has a diverse population due to the proximity of the center to families whose primary language is not English.

“This was a great opportunity for us to host Director Sanchez Fuentes. It allowed us to demonstrate the great work being done to prepare children for Kindergarten as well as highlight the Susan Gray Center as a model of our local government's commitment to and support of building safe, high quality Head Start facilities,” said Cynthia Croom, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Action Commission.

The Metropolitan Action Commission administers the Head Start program at six other locations for Nashville and Davidson County. The Nashville program is the second largest program in the state of Tennessee, with nearly 1500 children between the ages of 3-5 years old enrolled throughout the county.

Director Sanchez Fuentes will conclude her weeklong visit to Nashville today. She was here this week for the National Head Start Association Conference held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.