From the Desk of the Executive Director


February 8, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter comes to express our sincere appreciation of your support and cooperation as we continue to journey through the uncharted territories of the Covid-19 pandemic. We all have been affected by this pandemic and our agency has not gone untouched. Our staff have been working fearlessly and courageously to ensure the safety of our children, families and buildings.

The Institute of Community Services will continue to offer quality comprehensive services to our families, children and communities. These services will look a little different from usual, as they have been modified to meet all safety guidelines and requirements developed by Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the Institute of Community Services, it is our belief that safety comes first. Many of our policies and procedures have been modified for safety reasons. Just a few examples are: in­ person classrooms and/or virtual classrooms, limited number of students within a classroom, limited number of students eligible to ride the school bus, pick-up and drop-off routines, food services delivery and center visitations. Not all the details have been mentioned; however if you need more information contact your child's center director.

Most importantly, the staff wants you to know how much we care. Resources are available to help you navigate through the changes made by the agency. We can all get through this process and reduce stress by showing compassion, patience and kindness. Let us all work together to ensure that your child obtains a quality early childhood education.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Mary Cathey, Compliance/Training Director

Eloise McClinton, Executive Director

ICS, Inc.

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About Eloise McClinton

Mrs. Eloise Phillips McClinton was born in the Pleasant Hill area of DeSoto County to the parents of Clifton and Elnora Phillips. She is the eighth of twelve children. She graduated with honors from Southaven High School and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Rust College, and a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Mississippi.  Her love for people is most evident in her employment history. She was employed as a mental health consultant at Communicare, Inc. in Holly Springs, MS for eleven years. In August of 1991, she accepted the position of Social Services Director at ICS Head Start in Holly Springs. Since her employment with ICS, she has had extensive training in the Head Start arena. She has attended training at local, state, regional and national levels. She has presented workshops at the National Head Start Conference, Mississippi Head Start Conference, North Mississippi Child Care Conferences, and the Mississippi Reading Conference.  She is a licensed social worker, with certification in the Provision of Day Treatment Services, State Department of Mental Health, and with certification in Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Treatment Planning. In 2002, Mrs. McClinton was promoted to serve as the Deputy Director of ICS Head Start, and in 2007 she was promoted to Executive Director of ICS, Inc.