Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.
This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 80 counties in the state of Mississippi. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.
Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.
The Child Development service area provides a comprehensive education program for 3-and 4 year old children. Activities that allow each child to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally are carried out in a culturally-sensitive environment.
Jackson County Head Start serves income-eligible 3- and 4-year-old children and children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities. By offering early intervention in education, health, nutrition and socialization, the program aims to prepare children to succeed in life. To this end, Head Start utilizes a comprehensive program with the help of parents and the community in three component areas: Early Childhood Development and Health Services, Family and Community Partnership, and Program Design and Management.
The Mississippi Action For Progress (MAP), Inc. Head Start Program is designed to serve as a catalyst for change and development of a broad range of programs which meet the needs of the disadvantaged community. MAP's Head Start Program is a service program for children, as well as a mechanism for increased parental involvement with the children, and the community to effect positive change in the poverty conditions characteristic of the Head Start targeted service area. Active participation and decision-making opportunities by the parent as well as community persons are a major thrust of MAP.
The Choctaw Early Childhood Program are comprehensive child development programs designed to provide a broad range of services to children ages 8 weeks to 5 years of age, their families, and the community. It requires that parents and the staff develop a partnership to make the beest use of their talents, skills, and the staff develop a partnership to make the best use of their talents, skills, and resources to benefit the children. We are committed to the principles that parents are the first and most important teacher of children and as such, your input and involvement is valuable to our program.
The basic curriculum for preschool Head Start classrooms is the High/Scope approach, which is supplemented with Reading Street Curricula. The basic curriculum in infant-toddler classrooms is also High/Scope, which is supplemented according to individual needs measured by the Early LAP. In all education and child development settings, a variety of individualized learning experiences are facilitated to foster cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional development. P.A.C.E. has also implemented a new assessment tool called Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) for all four year olds. This assessment is one that the public schools use for their kindergarten students. Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a formative assessment system for early literacy and mathematics. It combines assessments with insightful reports and customized teaching activities to help teachers identify individual learning needs and focus classroom time where students need it most. CPAA is a computer-based assessment which meets and exceeds National Association for the education of Young Children criteria for developmental appropriateness.
PRVO’s Head Start Program is presently serving children and families in a five county area of Lamar, Marion, Walthall, Pike, and Stone Counties.
Head Start - is a national program which provides comprehensive development services for low-income families, children with disabilities and over income families, for children ages three to five and social services for their families.
AJFC Head Start is...
A preschool child development program, not a day care center.
BCHP provides a comprehensive program for three (3) and four(4) year old children and their families. Classrooms and playgrounds are designed to facilitate learning. Activities are provided to allow each child development intellectually, physically, socially, creatively and emotionally in a culturally sensitive environment. Educational emphases are placed on helping children acquire development and skill in language, literacy, mathematics, science, physical health, creative arts and approaches to learning.
Head Start operates 16 centers throughout Hinds County for more than 2,000 three- and four-year old children and their families. In coordination with I.S. Sanders YMCA and Willowood Development Center, children age three through grade five receive after-school and full-day summer services at the parent’s expense.