OUR MISSION

The mission of the Head Start Program is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social and other services that are determined to be necessary based on family needs assessments.

HEAD START PROGRAM

The Head Start program provides education, health, nutrition, and social development activities for 1,368 three and four year old children and their parents from low- income households through seven sites in Harrison County. Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, Inc. Head Start ensures partnerships between families, staff, communities and schools.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parental Involvement is integral to the success of any Head Start program. Head Start is designed to foster the parent’s role as the principal influence on the child’s development and as the child’s primary educator, nurturer, and advocate. Our programs work closely with parents to develop and utilize parents’ individual strengths in order to meet personal and family goals. Parents are encouraged to become involved in policy and program decisions that respond to their needs and interests.

Family and Community Partnership Specialist

Tahirih Daniels
228-396-9466 Extension 8416

 

 

EDUCATION

Head Start’s learning experiences encourage cognitive, emotional, social and motor development through an integrated program that provides each child with opportunities to experience optimal success. The education component incorporates the parent involvement, nutrition, and health components as well. The learning program must incorporate the community’s ethnic and cultural characteristics among its staff and within the curriculum. Our program uses the Creative Curriculum for its instructional guide and we use the Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-II) as its assessment tool. The BDI-II is also utilized with our five Local Education Agencies(school districts).

Director of Education

Lisa Walker

228-896-1409 Extension 8377

SOCIAL SERVICES

This component of Head Start is designed to help families build on their own strengths and use their own resources to resolve issues facing them. Head Start staff help families assess their needs, provide information about available community resources, make referrals and facilitate access to appropriate services, and assist in community outreach and crisis intervention.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
At least 10% of Head Start enrollment opportunities must be reserved for children with professionally diagnosed disabilities requiring special services. These children and their families receive the full range of Head Start services in a mainstream setting.

Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist

Lisa Whitney
228-697-4323

Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator

Glennie Caldwell
228-539-2328 Extension 8401

HEALTH SERVICES

Head Start emphasizes the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of health problems. Head Start provides every child with a comprehensive health program, including medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services. Families are also educated and encouraged on the importance of establishing a medical home.

Health Services Specialist

Judith Verrett, LPN

228-822-0755 Extension 8374

Health Assistant – Services Coordinator

Trellis Norman

228-822-0755 Extension 8375

Health Clerk

Carla Lizana

228-864-2670 Extension 8362

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Head Start recognizes the importance of providing mental health and psychological services to children in order to encourage healthy emotional and social development. Mental Health services are available to every child, family, and/or staff. This professional provides mental health training to staff and parents,  promotes awareness of the need for early attention to the special mental health problems of children.

Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist

Lisa Whitney
228-697-4323

Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator

Glennie Caldwell
228-539-2328 Extension 8401

NUTRITION SERVICES
In the Head Start program children are served a minimum of two hot meals and one snack each day. This food must provide at least one third of their daily nutritional needs. The Nutrition Specialist provides education to teach parents how to select healthy foods and prepare well-balanced meals. Every month a menu and nutrition newsletter is distributed to all families. A Registered Dietician consultant supports our program.

Nutrition Specialist

Kimberly Frederick-Norwood
228-822-0755 Extension 8373

Nutrition Clerk

Lashunda Smith
228-864-2670 Extension 8345

TRANSPORTATION

Auxiliary Services Coordinator

Myron Gray
228-679-5990 Extension 8380

Transportation and Maintenance Clerk

Sandy Chester
228-679-5990 Extension 8381 or 8382

HEAD START LOCATIONS

7 Locations to Serve Our Community

Rev Harry C Tartt Center

Rev. Harry C Tartt Center

Staff

Center Manager Jessie Allen Assistant Manager Lisa Whitney

  • Address: 1906 17th Avenue, Gulfport, MS
  • Phone: 228-864-2670
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm

Announcements

Come Volunteer!! Please come and watch how your children learn through play!!

Daily Schedule

  • Drop-off: 8:00am
  • Lunch: 11:30am
  • Snack: 2:00pm
  • Pick-up: 2:30pm

Newsletter

Calendar

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Nichols Head Start Biloxi Center

Nichols Head Start Biloxi Center

Staff

Center Manager: Angela Thomas

  • Address: 590 Division Street, Biloxi, MS
  • Phone: 228-206-7048
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm

Daily Schedule

  • Drop-off: 8:00am
  • Lunch: 11:30am
  • Snack: 2:00pm
  • Pick-up: 2:30pm

Newsletter

Calendar

Nichols Head Start Biloxi Center

Blanche Saucier Center

Blanche Saucier Center

Staff

Center Manager:

  • Address: 23160 Hwy 49 North Saucier, MS 39564
  • Phone: 228-832-0948
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:30 m – 4:00pm

Announcements

Volunteers Welcome!! Come join us to see how children learn through play!!

Daily Schedule

  • Drop-off: 8:00am
  • Breakfast: 8:30am
  • Lunch: 11:30ampm
  • Snack: 2:00
  • Pick-up: 2:30pm

Newsletter

Calendar

Isiah Fredericks Center

Isiah Fredericks Center

Staff

Center Manager: Stephanie Robinson

  • Address: 3410 Jackson Street, Gulfport, MS
  • Phone: 228-822-0755
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Daily Schedule

  • Kiss & Go Drop off: 8:00 – 8:30 am
  • Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m
  • Lunch: 11:30 – 12:00
  • Snack: 2:00 – 2:15
  • Kiss & Go Pick-up: 2:30 – 2:45 p.m

Newsletter

Calendar

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Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. Center

Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. Center

Staff

Center Manager:

  • Address: 4221 Popps Ferry Road, D’Iberville,  MS
  • Phone: 228-396-9466
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday
    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Daily Schedule

  • Drop-off: Bus Riders-8:00am / Car Riders-8:15am
  • Breakfast: 8:30am-9:00am
  • Lunch: 11:30am
  • Snack: 2:00pm
  • Busses Depart: 2:30pm
  • Car Riders Picked-up: 2:30pm

Newsletter

Gilbert Mason Head Start Center

Linda Lyons Center

Linda Lyons Center

Staff

Center Manager: Deby Dill

  • Address: 13253 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport, MS
  • Phone: 228-539-2328
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30 am-4:00 pm

Daily Schedule

  • Breakfast 8:30-9:00 am
  • Drop-off: 8:00am
  • Lunch: 11:30am
  • Snack: 2:00pm
  • Pick-up: 2:30pm

Newsletter

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Doyle Moffett Center

Doyle Moffett Center

Staff

Center Manager: Taryn Taylor

  • Address: 6505 Kiln DeLisle Road, Pass Christian, MS
  • Phone: 228-255-4225
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday
    7:30 am – 4:00pm

Daily Schedule

  • Drop-off: 8:00 am Bus Riders
  • Drop-off: 8:15 am Car Riders
  • Breakfast: 8:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am
  • Snack: 2:00 pm
  • Pick-up: 2:30 pm Bus Riders
  • Pick-up: 2:35 pm Car Riders

Doyle Moffett Head Start Center

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