South Panola Early Learning Collaborative

The South Panola Early Learning Collaborative has three sites: Batesville Elementary School, Pope School, and Batesville Head Start. It has served 100 four-year-olds since its founding in 2022.

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Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“We want all children to have a strong educational base to build on. Being a part of the early learning collaboratives is helping to make that a possibility for our community. Strong schools help build strong communities.”

— LaShunda Hamilton, Director of Federal Programs

Do you have a four-year-old
in the cities of Batesville, Pope, or Courtland or in southern Panola County?

Enroll them in the South Panola Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
South Panola 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