Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CCC is excited about its new partnership with Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. to provide childcare services on its campus. Pictured, from left, are CCC Director of Enrollment and Student Services Karen Woods-Done; CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner; Coahoma Opportunities Head Start Director Debra Halbert; and Region IV Officer/Head Start Program Specialist Sharon Myles.
CLARKSDALE – With the yearly expense of childcare exceeding the cost of tuition and fees at many public colleges, Coahoma Community College (CCC) is breaking the mold by providing its campus and community with an affordable, on-campus childcare option.
CCC has teamed up with the non-profit organization Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. to become the first Mississippi community college to offer a Head Start program on its campus.
Since 1965, Mississippi Head Start programs have promoted school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.
Officially named “Baby Tigers Den”, the CCC Head Start site is open, at no cost, to CCC/Coahoma Agricultural High School students, faculty and staff as well as Coahoma County residents with children ages 3 to 5.
According to Head Start Director Debra Halbert, the partnership kicked off in Oct. 2016 after a need for early childhood services was noted among local college students.
“The families we serve are excited to have a Head Start on CCC’s campus,” said Halbert. “This is particularly convenient as many of the students at the college are also parents.”
Halbert said the program is anticipating opening three additional classrooms at its CCC site in Aug. 2017 and is working towards ultimately including an Early Head Start program, which would provide services to children ages 0 to 3, by 2019.
“I’m really intoxicated with the future,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “The astronomical costs of child care can put college out of reach for many parents. This is an additional way for us to offer support for our students, staff and constituents of Coahoma County. “
According to Towner, the partnership also provides the institution with the opportunity to provide quality education to multiple generations.
“We think it’s a great way to provide educational services to the entire family. …I am officially stamping every child to become a future Tiger,” he said.
To apply, individuals can visit CCC’s “Baby Tigers Den” Head Start site, located in the Gambrell Childcare Center, every Tuesday and Thursday or Coahoma Opportunities, Inc., located at 115 Issaquena Ave. in Clarksdale, MS, each Monday through Friday.
Parents must provide proof of income and proof of age.
For more information, contact Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. at (662) 358-4563.