Starkville Oktibbeha
Early Learning Collaborative

The Starkville Oktibbeha Early Learning Collaborative has four sites: Emerson Preschool, ICS Head Start Oktibbeha County, Sudduth Elementary, and West Elementary. It has served 618 four-year-olds since its founding in 2017. 

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“We want all children to have a strong educational foundation and access to high-quality pre-K, and being a part of the Early Learning Collaborative is assisting us in making that goal a reality.” 

— Ellen Goodman, Program Manager, Starkville Oktibbeha School District

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

Enroll your four-year-old in the Starkville Oktibbeha
Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Starkville Oktibbeha 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