Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc.
Project Head Start/
Early Head Start

"The Best Is Yet To Come"

Director: John E. Hales
Mission Statement

Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start, a community based resource, is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, culturally sensitive early childhood development program of high quality for low income children and families, including children with significant disabilities. Our mission is to impact communities through partnerships and resources to create more social and economic self-sufficient families and prepare children for the next level of placement.

Complete Mission Statement

PRVO Head Start History

In the summer of 1966, PRVO Head Start began with a staff of eight (8), serving sixty (60) children in one neighborhood center that also doubled as the original Community Action Agency (CAA). In 1970, the neighborhood centers had grown to sixteen (16) sites in a three-county area (Lamar, Marion and Walthall). Our Head Start Centers at this time were chosen according to available physical facilities, transportation and resident interest in each neighborhood. Buildings used for Head Start centers were religious and public community centers, churches and schools renovated by residents.

PRVO’s Head Start Program is presently serving children and families in a five county area of Lamar, Marion, Walthall, Pike, and Stone Counties.