About Us

The Early Childhood Academy collaborates with participating community and junior colleges, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and child care providers to ensure that Mississippi’s family-based unified and integrated early childhood system connects and integrates resources and services for both parents/caregivers and their children. The Office is also responsible for establishing an Early Childhood Academy with a Resource and Referral Center at participating community colleges to deliver professional development for all centers, delivering and managing technical assistance and coaching, and providing leadership to the Resource and Referral offices.

Early Childhood Academy Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Academy is to provide ongoing high quality technical assistance and professional development to child care providers and families through resource and referral services to ensure a nurturing learning environment that promotes readiness.

Dr. Micca Knox
Director of Early
Childhood Academy
Email: mknox@mccb.edu

Click here to learn more about the Early Childhood Academies or visit our Facebook page.

 

Locations

Click here to view the Early Childhood Academy service areas.

Hours of Operations/ECA Staff/Physical Location
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Professional Development: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Professional Development: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Coahoma Community College
3240 Friars Point Road
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-621-4831

  • Nekedra Blockett, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Latarsha Williams, Resource and Referral Associate

 

Copiah-Lincoln Community College
30 Campus Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
601-446-1270

  • Countess Thompson, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Shyviqua Brooks, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

East Central Community College
513 10th Street
Decatur, MS 39327
601-635-6136

  • Jayme Jones, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Kenyotia Moncrief, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

East Mississippi Community College
8731 S Frontage Rd
Mayhew, MS 39753
662-243-2633

  • Carolyn Harris, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Michelle Cleveland, Resource and Referral Associate

 

Hinds Community College
601 Hinds Blvd.
Raymond, MS 39154
601-857-3973

  • LaTina Gray, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Amelda Ellis, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Itawamba Community College
2176 S. Eason Blvd.
Tupelo, MS 38804
662-620-5370

  • Ashley Armstrong, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Angenett Curry, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Meridian Community College
910 Hwy 19 North
Reed Hall 135-B
Meridian, MS 39307
601-553-3413

  • Kamilah Dunn, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Cisley Barksdale, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
2226 Switzer Road
Gulfport, MS 39507
228-897-4381

  • Sandra Watkins, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Jenny Kern, Resource and Referral Associate

 

Northeast Community College
101 Cunningham Blvd.
Booneville, MS 38829
662-720-4082

  • Lydia Bethay, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Rhonda Brown, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Northwest Community College
4975 Hwy 51 North
Berry Building (1st floor)
Senatobia, MS 38668

  • Marguerite McCloud, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Heather Perryman, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Pearl River Community College
101 US Hwy 11
Poplarville, MS 39470
601-403-1492

  • Daphne Stevens, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Carol Rieden, Resource and Referral Center Associate

201 West Central Ave.
Petal, MS 39465
601-584-4704

  • Judith McSwain, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Southwest Mississippi Community College
1156 College Drive
Summit, MS 39666
601-276-3737

  • Kimberly Peters, Coach and Professional Development Specialist
  • Sammie Futch, Resource and Referral Center Associate

 

Professional Development

April Professional Development

May Professional Development

June Professional Development

Early Childhood Academy Open Houses

The Early Childhood Academy welcomes a new location in Mayhew! Click here to learn more.

The Early Childhood Academy welcomes a new location in Coahoma! Click here to learn more.

The Early Childhood Academy welcomes a new location on the Gulf Coast! Click here to learn more.