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.



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 two 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 21 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. Continue reading Free Tax Preparation with VITA

NYC firefighters toy give-away a success

Moss Point—Thursday, December 11, New York City firefighters arrived on the Gulf Coast for the 10th annual toy give-away that took place on Saturday, December 13. Firefighters visited Head Start centers on Thursday to give fire hats and shared age appropriate fire safety tips with the children. Continue reading NYC firefighters toy give-away a success

Donate to P2P

Pathways2Possibilities: P2P is an interactive career expo designed for all 8th graders in private and public schools in the lower six counties of Mississippi. The two-day event takes place every November at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi and allows each school two hours at the event. Each student will experience a variety of the 19 Pathways, which are aligned with the career Pathways set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education. Each Pathway is led by a Pathfinder who has coordinated the Pathway members to design and implement hands-on activities intended to inspire the students to further explore that Pathway.

P2P is free to the students and schools, but it clearly carries a cost to plan and execute the event. The total costs average $40 per student. You can help provide this life-changing event for our community’s workforce of tomorrow.

Will you please make a financial gift of any amount to P2P by clicking our Paypal Donate button below?


For more information about the P2P experience and the 19 Pathways, browse through the 2014 brochure below.

NYC Firefighters’ annual toy give-away

Moss Point, Dec. 13, 2014—On Saturday, December 13 Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc. will host the 10th annual toy give-away in conjunction with the New York City Firefighters. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Jackson County Civic Action, East Jackson County Service Complex located at 5343 Jefferson Avenue in Moss Point. Continue reading NYC Firefighters’ annual toy give-away