Early Learning Collaborative - Powered by the Discovery CenterThe 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 more than 30 collaboratives across the state funded by the Mississippi Department of Education. The funding provides services for children annually in the local collaborative who are four years-old on or before September 1st.

How the Collaborative Serves Children, Families & Teachers

  • Teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an approved early childhood field. Assistant Teachers have a minimum of an associate’s degree and early childhood training. 
  • Our classroom teacher to child ratios are 1-10.
  • Mississippi Beginnings curriculum and supportive materials are used in the classrooms that correlates with the Mississippi Early Learning Standards Professional Development for teachers serving in collaborative classrooms.
  • Collaboratives provide workshops/trainings for parents to assist their children in vital school readiness skills.
  • Work force classes and High School Equivalency Prep Classes are available for caregivers.
  • Parent Conferences are conducted fall, mid-year, and spring.
  • Assessments for children measure their progress throughout the year.
  • Assessments for classrooms strengthen instruction.
  • Health Screenings for children are conducted annually.


For more information regarding the Early Learning Collaboratives across the state visit:  https://mdek12.org/EC/Early-Learning-Collaboratives.