Kelli McCorkle, Director
Early Beginnings Program
1520 Tucker Ave.
Pascagoula, MS 39567
The Early Beginnings Program is Pascagoula-Gautier School District's first step in the Destination Graduation process. This program is designed to assist parents, teachers, child care providers and community agencies ensure that children enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to be as successful as possible. The most important years in a child's development are those from birth to age five. We present all delivering mothers at the Singing River Hospital with a New Mother Packet that includes parenting resources, growth and immunization charts, a baby's first reading book and other helpful information. We have a Resource Toy Lending Library for the residents of the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. There are developmentally appropriate educational materials available for checkout. These materials were provided by Chevron through the Excel By Five grant.
The Early Beginnings Program is working with the teenage mothers in our community to ensure that they remain in school and complete their high school diploma requirements. We are providing parenting support and assistance to these mothers to make certain they and their children have the resources they need to have positive and productive school experiences.
The Early Beginnings Program has worked with a number of other agencies in the Pascagoula area to assist our city in obtaining certification as an Excel By Five community. We are now the third city to receive this recognition. This reinforces the dedication our community and our school district have for the success of our children. The Early Beginnings Resource Center is located on Market Street across from Pascagoula High School. Please call 938-6418 for more information.