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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 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)

Parent Handbook (English) (September 2020 UPDATE)

Parent Handbook (Spanish)

Head Start and Early Head Start Recruitment

Friends of Children of Mississippi, Inc. is currently conducting open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are a reputable early childhood education/family focused provider. with 53 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) 2020-2021

Recruitment Children Flyer (Spanish) 2020-2021

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.