Tallahatchie Early Learning Collaborative

The Tallahatchie Early Learning Collaborative has three sites: Charleston Elementary School, Eva Covington Head Start, and West Tallahatchie Head Start. It has served 1,142 four-year-olds since its founding in 2014.

Number of Classrooms in ELC


Students Served in 2022-2023


Number of Sites in ELC


“Prior to Tallahatchie County being awarded the pre-K Early Learning Collaborative grant, all four year old children did not have access to early childhood learning. There were not enough spaces available for children within that age range to receive an early childhood education.”

— Leigh Sargent, Executive Director of Tallahatchie Early Learning Collaborative

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

Enroll them in the Tallahatchie Early Learning Collaborative.

Want to receive an individual
tax credit?

Learn how to get a tax credit and support the
Tallahatchie 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