George Early Learning Collaborative

The George Early Learning Collaborative has six sites: Agricola Elementary School, Benndale Elementary School, LC Hatcher Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Rocky Creek Elementary School, and Singing River Head Start. It has served 436 four-year-olds since its founding in 2019.

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Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“Our partnership with the local Head Start has grown by leaps and bounds. Our community has been extremely supportive of our program from the inception, but in the last few years, our community has stepped up to be some of our biggest supporters.”

— Kristi Kirkwood, Early Learning Coordinator

Do you have a four-year-old
in George County?

Enroll them in the George Early Learning Collaborative.

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tax credit?

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

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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