MSU Extension Head Start
The new MSU Extension Service Head Start Program, offered in Harrison County, is designed to help children and their parents make an easier transition from daycare and preschool to kindergarten. The program will combine local partnerships with research-based education methods to serve children at this most critical stage of life.
Head Start centers to be served are Gilbert Mason, East Biloxi, and Gaston Point. Linda Lyons will be used as an Early Head Start center. Partnerships have been established with local school districts—Gulfport School District and Biloxi Public School District—as well as Moore Community House and Shine Early Learning. Moore Community House currently houses Early Head Start, including Linda Lyons, while Shine Early Learning will provide program support.
While serving the children of Harrison County, MSU Extension will be working to build a successful model that can be shared and replicated statewide.
Until further notice, we will be open to families from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. We will be closing early each day in order to properly sanitize and disinfect the center, including classrooms, kitchen, and learning materials.
MSU-Extension Head Start Program Administrative Office
521 34th Street
Gulfport, MS 39507
East Biloxi Head Start
771 Elder Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
Gaston Point Head Start
1526 Mills Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
Gilbert Mason Head Start
4221 Popp’s Ferry Road
D’Iberville, MS 39540
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Harrison County parents who hope to give their pre-kindergarten children a boost in school are encouraged to enroll them now for the upcoming school year with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program in Harrison County is proving resilient in safely living up to its mission of easing the transition to school for families with young children.
Following nationwide closures of pre-Ks and early childhood education centers due to coronavirus, millions of parents are now caring for their young children at home.
Many Mississippi parents are wondering how to continue their young child’s learning, said Louise Davis, a Mississippi State University Extension Service professor with the School of Human Sciences. With a little bit of structure and some fun activities, young children can continue to develop the skills they need for school and beyond.
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