Pontotoc Pre-K Partners Early Learning Collaborative

The Pontotoc Pre-K Partners Early Learning Collaborative has six sites: Pontotoc Elementary School, Pontotoc Head Start, Kangaroo Pouch, Circle of Friends II, Young Discovery Academy, and the Learning Tree. It has served 220 four-year-olds since its founding in 2022.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“[The] Pontotoc Early Learning Collaborative is unique in that sites already providing education and care for early learners remain relatively unaffected in enrollment, staffing, and procedures. However, their access to certified pre-K teachers, higher quality supplies, and technology greatly increase.”

— Courtney Beard, Director of Strudent Services

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

Enroll them in the Pontotoc Pre-K Partners Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Pontotoc Pre-K Partners 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