Lamar County Learning Collaborative

The Lamar County Early Learning Collaborative has eight sites: Baxterville Elementary School, Bellevue Elementary, Clifton Preston Head Start, Longleaf Elementary School, Oak Grove Elementary, Lumberton Head Start, Purvis Lower Elementary School, Lumberton Elementary School, and Sumrall Elementary School. It has served 1,353 four-year-olds since its founding in 2014.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“Collaboratives know that families are the key to a child’s early development and learning. Educators link families to the support they need to be successful as their child’s first teacher.”

— Heather Lyons, Pre-K Coordinator, Lamar County School District

Do you have a four-year-old
in Lamar county?

Enroll your four-year-old in the Lamar County Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

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

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 ELC.

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