Biloxi Early Learning Collaborative

The Biloxi Early Learning Collaborative has two sites: Nichols Elementary School and East Biloxi Head Start. It has served 280 four-year-olds since its founding in 2022.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Projected to Serve in 2023-2024


Number of Sites in ELC


“We work in conjunction with the Mississippi State University Extension Head Start program; therefore, there are additional resources available to assist students and families. It is important to continue to invest in the collaborative to help develop a student’s early learning foundation.”

— Melanie Nelson, Director of Elementary Programs

Do you have a four-year-old
in Biloxi?

Enroll them in the Biloxi Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Biloxi Early Learning Collaborative.

*These numbers are projected for the 2023-2024 school year as the Biloxi Early Learning Collaborative transitions its classrooms to state-funded pre-K.

About Early Learning Collaboratives

Early learning collaboratives (ELCs) are comprised of school districts, local Head Starts, child care centers, and/or private or parochial schools. Collaboratives offer a high-quality, low- or no-cost pre-K option to families in Mississippi. ELCs are funded through state funds and local matching funds and are overseen by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Learn more about how we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ELCs.

We know that kids who attend high-quality pre-K:

Enter kindergarten with stronger literacy, language, math, and social-emotional skills

Are less likely to need special education services, less likely to repeat grades, and more likely to graduate and enroll in college

See stronger employment opportunities and increased earning potential

Are less likely to commit juvenile and adult crimes