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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Parent Handbooks

Click below to access the Parent Handbooks (English and Spanish versions)

Parent Handbook

Manual de Padres de Familia


Therapeutic Thursdays

Each Thursday we'll post items that will help you on your journey to wellness. Share with your family and friends! Click HERE to visit the Disabilities, Behavioral Health and Nutrition Division page!


Our Centers

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

Download the Roster of Center Directors

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Menu of the Month

Click below to access the Breakfast, Lunch and Snack menus for November 2021.

November Menus

Family Resources

Click below to access our 2021-2022 Family Resources Directory

Family Resources Directory

Apply For Services...

To apply for Head Start Services, an application must be completed. To request an application, please call your local Head Start center.

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.

Click the button to the right to access and complete the Online Family Intake application.

Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS)

Central Office

210 West Valley Ave.
Holly Springs, MS 38635


Brickerton Office

136 Brickerton Street
Columbus, MS 39701