The Early Childhood Education Department provides child development services and activities, health services, nutrition assistance, special services, for children with disabilities, parental involvement, volunteer participation, staff training and other social and support services to over 1,000 children and their families.   The Department of Early Childhood Education serves infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and expectant mothers.Remember, there is an Early Childhood Education Center near you….
Head Start & Early Head Start Locations

Mississippi County Head Start serves over 600 preschool Head Start & Early Head Start children in one county area. The ages of the children served range from infants to five years old. There are sixteen Head Start Centers and two Parent Resource Centers with locations in Osceola, Blytheville, Joiner, Luxora, Wilson, Leachville, Manila, and Keiser with the physical facilities of a minimum of 75 square feet per child in the outdoor activity area. All state and local health licenses are adhered to with inspections on a regular basis. All Head Start Children in Mississippi County are center based at the present. Children attend classes from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for nine months of the year. Twenty-five percent funded enrollment of Early Head Start consists of pregnant women. Head Start also sponsors the child care food program and as a participant announces that all children in attendance will be offered the same meals regards of age, sex, race, disability, color, or national origin.

State Funding

Arkansas Better Chance For School Success

MCAEOC participates in the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program.  ABC is a state-funded preschool program that provides high-quality early care and education to Arkansas’ young children, birth to 5 years of age.

Federal Funding

 Migrant & Seasonal Head Start

In addition to the information above, Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.  Mississippi County Arkansas, EOC serve 650 preschoolers (Head Start), 160 infant/toddlers and 8 pregnant mothers (Early Head Start), and 157 children Migrant & Seasonal Head Start program.

Head Start & Early Head Start services are available from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Program operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.