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Head Start celebrates 50 Years

Head Start celebrates 50 Years


On April 25, Head Start celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center in Pascagoula. The banquet dinner was attended by nearly 100 staff, retirees, community leaders and alumni.

After sharing a meal, Jackson County Head Start recognized Mrs. Tearessa Cooper for her 50 years of dedication to the program. In addition to reflecting on the historical significance of Head Start emcee, Kesha Marsalis, highlighted the difference that Head Start has made in the lives of staff members and alumni of the program. Special recognition was given to our community partners for their support, as well. To view the video interviews shared during the celebration, visit Jackson County Head Start's YouTube channel.

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Head Start & Early Head Start Recruitment

head_start_logo_0Open recruitment is happening now for Head Start and Early Head Start. Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Family Service Worker at any Head Start location in Jackson County to prepare for enrollment in the 2015-2016 school year. Early Head Start operates three classes at the Pascagoula Center and Head Start offers classes at eight locations across the county. For more details contact Brigettia Pittman at (228) 471-1252.


You may apply at one of the Head Start centers or at our Central Office located at 5343 Jefferson Avenue in Moss Point. Documents required to process your application include:

  • Proof of age
  • Proof of all income for the previous twelve months or previous calendar year
  • Proof of residence may be required in some instances

Feel free to visit the Apply Now page for printable applications.

Early Head Start Focus: Temperament & your child

Have you ever wondered why two children can behave so differently even though they are exposed to the same people, places or events? Understanding your child's temperament will give you valuable information needed to assist your child in adapting to the world around them. Temperament affects the behavior of your child. The following categories from zerotothree.org will help you respond to your child's temperament in order to foster healthy development.

Emotional Intensity

Does your child often show big reactions to situations with squeals of happiness? Does he/she get very upset when faced with a seemingly small problem? Or does your child go with the flow with an easy-going temperament?

Sensory Reactivity

Does your child thrive on the stimulation of lights and sounds? Or does your child become overwhelmed by noise and lights?

Activity Level

Is your child always on the go, or does he/she prefer quiet play?


Does your child enjoy experiencing new places and meeting new people, or does your child need time and support when faced with new environments and new people?


How does your child react to a challenging task? Does your child give up easily or does your child try and try again when faced with a challenge?

Children that seem overwhelmed are not overreacting, they experience the world around them in their own way, which may require a parent's support. For example, if your child can not sit still long, try letting them play outside for a half-hour before taking a trip to the doctor's office. By understanding the temperament of our children, parents can better prepare them to cope with the world around them.

Check out Jackson County Head Start's parent newsletter, The Advocate for more information on parenting topics for children ages zero to five.


Free Tax Preparation with Vita


Moss Point—On Wednesday, January 20 Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc. began their annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service at their central location on Jefferson Avenue. JCCAC provides free tax preparation services to Jackson County residents with annual income less than $53,000.

JCCAC and the South Mississippi EITC/VITA Partnership helped low-income Mississippi tax payers get more than $4,800,000 in refunds and more than $2,300,00 in Earned-Income Tax Credits last year.

VITA JCCACOur VITA service is always free and is supported by hard-working volunteers that are trained and certified. Last year, our volunteer tax preparers and screeners put in 838 combined hours to make this community service a success for Jackson County.

According to VITA Program Director, Rose Joe, "We are profoundly grateful to all of the volunteers within the agency, as well as the community, that bring a level of commitment, professionalism and experience that is unquestionable. Of the 22 certified income tax preparers, twelve are employed with the agency. The volunteer screeners are also invaluable; they launch the entire process of preparing the income tax return. Over the years, we have had screeners become certified preparers, which is a testament of the commitment from volunteers."

To take advantage of this free service be sure to visit us at the location below:

5343 Jefferson Avenue

Moss Point, MS 39562

Our screeners are available to assist in determining if you qualify for this free service, and to be sure that you have all the items needed. Important information and documentation that you will need include:

  • Sources of Income
  • Picture ID
  • Valid Social Security Card/Documentation from Social Security Administration
  • Social Security Numbers for all Dependents
  • Check/Canceled Check, Bank Statement or Deposit Slip for Direct Deposit
  • Birth Dates of All Dependents Claimed on Tax Return

Check our calendar below for our hours of operation. Our VITA service is available from January through April for your tax preparation needs.


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