PACE Head Start, a Head Start Program of Hattiesburg, MS

100 West Front Street
Hattiesburg MS 39401-3460
Contact Phone
(601) 545-8110
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.
Who is Eligible?

Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.

Families are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
In order to enroll your child, you will need the following:Certified Birth Certificate (long form)Immunization Form 121 (shot record)Social Security Cards, for everyone in the householdProof of incomeMedicaid Card or Privatee Insurance CardLegal Guardianship Verification, if you are not the birth parent
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