General Information

To meet the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and recreational needs of children, our program will: Offer fun, enriching, academically oriented and recreational activities that help promote confidence, self-esteem and responsibility. Provide children a safe and secure environment staffed by warm, friendly child care professionals. Provide a relaxed atmosphere where children can socialize and make new friends Provide a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and snack.

A daily schedule is posted in each classroom. We strive hard to serve our students in the spirit of academic excellence. Every activity is structured to engage and challenge our students for what is developmentally appropriate. Each classsroom has outside time everyday, twice a day if weather permits.

Free Choice is offered in many of our programs to children remaining at the program after 5:00 P.M. At that time, children are brought to the (main area) and may choose from a wide variety of fun activities including a chat and relax area, board games, blocks, arts and crafts and/or age appropriate organized sports and games.

ESA is licensed and monitored by the State of Mississippi Department of Health. Parents are provided the phone number and can call with questions or concerns about the center’s compliance.

All staff members must meet educational and experience requirements for the position that they hold. All child care personnel function under the direct supervision of the Site Director, an experienced child care professional who works on site to supervise the daily activities and safe operation of the program.

Each staff member must be fingerprinted and background screened and meet the medical requirements set forth by law. All staff also receive a mandatory orientation prior to beginning their position that focuses on methods and guidelines for working with children.

They are then placed at a program to work with an experienced staff trainer for a period of 3 to 5 days. In addition, a caregiver is required to take Child Care Training courses mandated by law, be certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aid and take 15 contact hours of in-service training yearly.

In case of an emergency evacuation, children will be transported to the nearest emergency location site via the vehicles of staff members and volunteers.

Emergency Relocation Site within one mile

Second Baptist Church
314 Yeates Street
Starkville, MS
Joseph Stone (662)323 - 6177

Emergency Relocation Site within five miles

Mount Olive M.B. Church
1966 Mount Olive Road
Starkville, MS 39759
James Covington (662) 324-0585

We are not offering Drop - In Care at this time due to COVID -19.

ESA will make every effort to open on time and remain open during inclement weather. However, in the case of extreme road conditions, it may be necessary to delay opening or close in order to ensure the safety of our families and staff. If it becomes necessary to close the center during the day, you will be notified by phone. There are no refunds for emergency closings.

All personal belongings, including jackets, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. should be clearly labeled to help avoid loss. Lost and Founds are available at the front office, in case your child does lose something. Please note that children are not permitted to bring any items from home to include but not limited to toys, cell phones, etc. ESA cannot be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen belongings.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.”
–Roald Dahl

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