The Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS) Nutrition Department Receives Good Report

The Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition recently conducted an audit on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at ICS. At the conclusion of their audit, they found no serious deficiencies.

We applaud the nutrition team, led by Markitta Jones, for their efforts to ensure our agency maintains compliance with local, state and federal regulations. The food service staff continues to work diligently preparing healthy meals to ensure that our children are prepared to learn.

Photo: (Inset) Markitta Jones, Nutrition Director, (Back L-R) Kneilah Edwards, Nutrition Monitor; Franchessica Hankins-Solomon, Nutrition Secretary; and Dawn Millican, Nutrition Monitor

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From the Mary Cathey Head Start Center

School Readiness

The Office of Head Start states that Head Start is a school readiness program. Building upon this premise, ICS Head Start emphasizes and supports children's academic development, especially to significantly increase language development and to help preschoolers acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that predict later success in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies as they enter kindergarten. For further information, please call 662-252-1582 ext. 107.


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ICS is a private, nonprofit corporation headquartered in Holly Springs, Mississippi. We provide Head Start services to preschool children with the greatest need in Benton, Clay, Desoto, Grenada, Lafayette, Lowndes, Marshall, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties.

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Disabilities and Behavioral Health

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The Institute of Community Services, Inc. operates 21 Head Start Centers in 14 counties across Northern Mississippi.

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Institute of Community Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability or national origin.

Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS)

Central Office

210 West Valley Ave.
Holly Springs, MS 38635



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136 Brickerton Street
Columbus, MS 39701