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The Family & Community Engagement Program is devoted in its mission to empower parents giving them the tools needed to ensure that the family – Parent(s) is the primary educators of their child/ren. Services provided are: parenting skills; advocacy building; financial literacy development; education attainment; job skills development; and parents as community engagement.  How do we do this?  Through the Parent Family Community Engagement Frame work. Working with each parent/family from a tailored, individualized plan, parents/families develop skills in:

  • Family Well-Being
  • Positive Parent/Child Relationships
  • Families as Lifelong Educators
  • Families as Learners
  • Family Engagement in Transition
  • Family Connections to Peers and Community
  • Families as Advocates and Leaders

Attaining these skills are built around one central theme, SCHOOL READINESSfor children!

For more information contact:

Barbara Branch, Family & Community Engagement Director

Melisa Harris, Family Engagement Coordinator

Howard Stewart, Parent/Males Engagement/Volunteer Coordinator

Parent Handbook

The Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc. Parent Handbook outlines parent rights and responsibilities, transportation policies and procedures, and a framework for successful communication between parents and the Head Start/Early Head Start program. The following links are to PDF versions of the handbook in both English and Spanish. You will need Acrobat Reader to open and print the files:

Parent Handbook (English)

Head Start and Early Head Start Recruitment

Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc. is currently conducting open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.  We are a reputable early childhood education/family focused provider. with 55 years of experience in working with children and families. If you are interested in your child receiving a quality preschool education, we encourage you to make an application at a Head Start/Early Head Start Center near you. We look forward to the opportunity to work with and serve you.

Recruitment Children Flyer (English) 2021-2022

Recruitment Children Flyer (Spanish) 2021-2022

Benefits of Head Start (Coming Soon)

Center listing and local points of contact

The above material is in portable document format (PDF).  You will need a viewer such as Adobe’s Acrobat Reader to open the files.