Early Learning Collaborative

The Picayune Early Learning Collaborative has two sites: South Side Lower Elementary School and South Side Head Start. It has served 318 four-year-olds since its founding in 2014.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“The Picayune Early Learning Collaborative is passionate about empowering families and teachers with the tools to ensure that every child has the best early learning opportunities to succeed in an ever-changing 21st century world.”

— Dr. Pamela Thomas, Program Director, Picayune School District

Do you have a four-year-old
in the city of Picayune?

Enroll them in the Picayune Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Picayune 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 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