Family-Centered Programs serves students enrolled in Starkville Oktibbeha School District by providing support services that impact the school-day. 


Project HELP assists “homeless” students in the Starkville Oktibbeha School District to ensure they attend school regularly.


  • Multiple families living under one roof due to economic hardship, incarceration or a similar reason
  • Inconsistent living arrangements
  • Substandard housing
  • Living in a hotel, motel, shelter, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for regular sleeping accommodation for human beings such as a car, abandoned buildings, etc.


  • School uniforms 
  • School supplies 
  • Personal hygiene supplies 
  • Tutoring 

Student rights:

  • Right to immediate school enrollment even when records not present 
  • Right to remain in the school of origin, if in the student’s best interest 
  • Right to receive transportation to and from the school of origin 
  • Right to receive support for academic success

Download Services Request Form

Download Student Residency Information Form

Download School Staff Referral Form

Contact our Homeless Liason, Joan Butler at

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The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 allows for the formation of collaboratives across the state of Mississippi. The Starkville Oktibbeha Early Learning Collaborative (SOELC) was awarded November, 2016 and is one of 14 collaboratives across the state funded by the Mississippi Department of Education. The funding provides services for 115 children annually in the local collaborative who are four years old on or before September 1st.   

Sites Served By the SOELC:
Emerson Preschool
1504 Louisville Street
Starkville, MS  39759
(662) 324-4155

ICS Head Start Oktibbeha County
1617 Louisville Street
Starkville, MS  39759
(662) 324-1508

Services Include:

  • An Instructional Curriculum (Opening the World of Learning) for classrooms to use and supportive materials.
  • Professional Development for teachers serving in Collaborative Classrooms
  • Workshops/trainings for parents to assist their children in vital school readiness skills and classes/services to assist with workplace and job skills
  • Assessments for children to measure their progress throughout the year and at least three parent conferences throughout the year
  • Assessments for classrooms to strengthen instruction and meet the unique needs of the children
  • Health Screenings

How to Enroll Children:

Families are to contact the sites for enrollment of children and complete required applications with the school sites. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st. 

Voluntary enrollment will remain open until all 115 slots are filled.  After all of the slots are filled a waiting list will be maintained and families will be contacted as slots become available. Classes begin in August.

Pre-K Tax Credit:

Individuals or corporations may make a contribution to support the matching fund of an approved early learning collaborative.  They may be eligible to receive a state tax credit for the donated amount up to $1,000,000.00.  

For more information about this Tax Credit visit the Mississippi First website at or you may contact the Starkville Oktibbeha Early Learning Collaborative at 662- 615-0033.