Celebrating Child Abuse Awareness Month

Each year, during the month of April, The Erma Rogers Head Start center celebrates Child Abuse Awareness Month.  According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 8,136 victims of abuse or neglect in Mississippi in 2020, a rate of 11.7 per 1,000 children.  Those numbers are simply unacceptable to us here at ICS, Inc. Erma Rogers Head Start Center and it is our mission to ensure that children are protected, nurtured and loved.  Head Start children have lower rates of abuse and neglect and are less likely to be involved in the child welfare system, according to the National Head Start Association (NHSA).  Head Start provides parenting training opportunities, improves parent involvement and parent-child relationships, and decreases parental distress. For children already involved in the child welfare system, Head Start enhances school readiness and social-emotional outcomes and decreases their subsequent child welfare encounters.  Help us to END child abuse by speaking out!  Don’t be afraid to report suspected abuse, you could save a child’s life.  To report suspected abuse, call the Mississippi Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-222-8000.  Here are a few pictures of our beautiful staff and children helping to raise awareness against child abuse.


ICS Goes Red For Women's Heart Health Month

Cardiovascular Disease is the Number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. The CVS Minute Clinic provided a coupon for a free health screening to employees and parents for the full month of February, along with the ICS Mental Wellness Area sharing information about "7 Steps to a Healthy Heart.” Each Friday, the ICS staff and children took part in Rock Your Red to raise awareness of heart disease. We set an example for others when we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care.

Look Who Visited Washington on January 25, 2023

The Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS) Project Head Start along with members of the agency are now preparing to return home from Washington. However in Washington they were able to meet and greet with our Senators.

Pictured  L-R: Deann Jones from Nick Floyd & Associates; ICS staff Kimberly Taylor, Golden Triangle Director, Coretta Miller , Outreach Specialist, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith from Mississippi , Eloise McClinton, ICS executive Director and Rev. Michael Evans with Nick Floyd & Associates.

Thank you Senator.

Clay County donuts with Dad

The Awesome-Awesome Fathers of the Clay County Head Start Center

Congrats to the Grenada Head Start Center!

Grenada Awards
ICS Awards 2022 GIF


Mental Health First Aider CertB

ICS Presents at Rotary Club Meeting

Pictured L-r: Belinda Sims-Hollowell, Associate HR Director, Linda Harris-Beard, Director of Child Development, and Fergenia Hood, Former Parent Engagement Director, attended the Holly Springs Rotary Meeting. Linda Harris served as guest speaker per the invitation of Belinda.  Awesome presentation!