Toomsuba Head Start to re-open

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Toomsuba Head Start Center will officially reopen its doors Monday, October 16th. Regional director Geneva Burton says the site's reopening will better serve the children in the area, rather than having kids travel to the Meridian location.

"It was a hardship for them because a lot of times for them, the buses weren't able to pick them up like they were supposed to. So now we are in their community where we can better serve the community and the children," Burton says.

Mississippi Action for Progress shut the center down back in 2015 because the facility did not meet the agency's standards. Burton says major repairs were done to the building to receive its new license, but the agency still needs help from the public to ensure the facility remains open.

"They must register their children. If we don't show a need, that we need their children, or if they don't register their children, then it shows there's not a need for Head Start. So I need them to continue to register their children all the year around. And that way we can show our agencies that we are still needing the center in this community," Burton says.

She says the Toomsuba staff is geared and prepared for this fresh opportunity.

"I can't express my excitement. We're just so proud to have this center open. And I'd just like to thank my supervisors and MAP Incorporated for going along with us and doing all the renovations here to make this day possible, on Monday morning, 8 o'clock," Burton says.

For more information, call Toomsuba Center at 601-632-4491 or Geneva Burton, at 601-483-2225.