South Mississippi PreK4Ward Initiative

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About PreK4Ward

In August of 2011, a local foundation provided  private funding for preschool classes proposed by a Gulf Coast Business Council's Master’s project. The Gulfport Preschool Project, established by Mayor George Schloegel's committee in 2010,  merged with the Initiative and the South MS PreK4Ward program began!

Initial funding was awarded to the Nourishing Place’s Educational Support Organization. and Cynthia Minton Walker was selected by the Nourishing Place's Board to  expand the Educational Support Organization to oversee the new initiative. In 2015, the Nourishing Place approached United Way of South MS to become the financial sponsor of PreK4Ward, and a merger was completed.  Two anonymous donors awarded multi-year grants to United Way of SM, that has  grants been able to award funding to qualified agencies/organizations that sent in an RFP to host the PreK4Ward program.

The Gulfport PreK4Ward class is housed at Central Elementary . Four classes in the County School District are at a Boys & Girls' Club, Crossroads Elementary, Pineville, Elementary, and Little Peoples Child Care.  Each program is staffed by a certified teacher and assistant who serve 20 students. and is overseen by the grantees. 

Your donations to United Way of South Mississippi will allow additional classes to be opened.  Additional information about the PreK4Ward program may be found by calling United Way  at 228-896-2213/

PreK4Ward students learn through intergation! Thanksgivingn may never be the same for them!
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