Jackson County Civic Action Committee provides community based programs and services for Jackson County residents. Jackson County is the fifth largest county in the state of Mississippi. We provide services to the county seat of Pascagoula, Moss Point, Gautier and Ocean Springs. We also provide services to the unincorporated communities of Big Point, Escatawpa, Fontainebleau, Gulf Hills, Gulf Park, Helena, Hurley, Latimer, Orange Grove, St. Martin, Vancleave, and Wade. Our Families First Resource Center covers Jackson, Harrison, Hancock, George, Stone, and Pearl River counties. Listed below are all of our program and service pages. Learn more about how Jackson County Civic Action Committee is making a difference in your community today.

Children Services

Head Start

Head Start

Jackson County Head Start and Early Head Start serve pregnant mothers and income-eligible children from birth to age 4, as well as children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities. By offering early intervention in education, health, nutrition and socialization, the program aims to prepare children to succeed in life. To this end, Head Start and Early Head Start utilize a comprehensive program with the help of parents and the community in three component areas: Early Childhood Development and Health Services, Family and Community Partnership, and Program Design and Management. Abacus Vancleave Children participating in Head Start must be 3 years old by September 1 of the current school year for acceptance. If a slot is available, children may be accepted within the school year once they become 3 years of age. Mandatory eligibility requirements are proof of age (Birth Certificate) and proof of the family income for the previous 12 months. Ten percent of the enrollment must be children with disabilities, including children with severe disabilities. Parents of children with a diagnosed disability are encouraged to apply, even with income beyond the Poverty Guidelines. Priority is given to children with diagnosed disabilities, homeless families, foster care, children from households receiving SSI, TANF (including those receiving TANF transitional services), and income-eligible families. Ten percent of the enrollment may be children from families whose income exceed the Income Poverty Guidelines. The Head Start program is funded by Department of Health and Human Service and the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. Jackson County Head Start operates six centers in Jackson County and has five classrooms in area public schools. To apply for enrollment, contact us at 228-769-3292. For Head Start Program calendar in your area, click here.

Transportation Statement

Bus Vancleave 2Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc. Head Start program is committed to assist families with transportation concerns. We will discuss transportation issues during the application process and during enrollment. We further commit to providing transportation for families requiring assistance to attend field trips, parent and community events, medical and dental visits, and referrals.

Head Start Application Materials

New household applications only! If you already applied for any of your children, do not reapply.

Head Start Handbook

Head Start Application Form (English)
Head Start Formulario de Solicitud (en español)

Jackson County Head Start y Early Head Start atiende a 0 y 4 años de edad que son elegibles por sus ingresos y los niños con sospecha o diagnóstico discapacidades. Al ofrecer intervención temprana en la educación, la salud, la nutrición y la socialización, el programa prepara a los niños a tener éxito en la vida. Con este fin,Head Start utiliza un programa completo con la ayuda de los padres y la comunidad en tres áreas de componentes: Desarrollo Infantil Temprano y Servicios de Salud, Familia y Comunidad de asociación, y el Programa de Diseño y Gestión. Abacus Vancleave Los niños deben tener 3 años de edad el 1 de septiembre del año escolar en curso para su aceptación de Head Start. Si se dispone de una ranura, los niños pueden ser aceptados en el año escolar, una vez que se conviertan en los 3 años de edad. Requisitos obligatorios son la prueba de edad (certificado de nacimiento) y la prueba de los ingresos familiares durante los últimos 12 meses. Diez por ciento de la matrícula debe ser los niños con discapacidades, incluidos los niños con discapacidades graves. Los padres de niños diagnosticados con una discapacidad son alentados a aplicar, incluso con los ingresos más allá de las directrices de la pobreza. Se da prioridad a los niños con discapacidades diagnosticadas, las familias sin hogar, cuidado de crianza, los niños de los hogares que reciben SSI, TANF (incluidos los que reciben TANF servicios de transición), y los ingresos de familias elegibles. Diez por ciento de la matrícula puede ser niños de familias cuyo ingreso excede las pautas de pobreza de ingresos. El programa es financiado por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos / Administración para Niños, Jóvenes y Familias. Jackson County Head Start opera seis centros en el Condado de Jackson y dispone de cinco aulas en las escuelas públicas. Para solicitar la inscripción, contactanos en 228-769-3292.

Declaración de transporte

Bus Vancleave 2Programa de Head Start de Jackson County Civic Action Comité, Inc. está comprometida a ayudar a las familias con problemas de transporte. Vamos a discutir cuestiones de transporte durante el proceso de aplicación y durante la inscripción. Además, nos comprometemos a proveer transporte para familias que necesitan asistencia asistir a excursiones, eventos de padres y la comunidad, visitas médicas y dentales y referencias.

Head Start materiales de aplicación

New household applications only! If you already applied for any of your children, do not reapply.

Head Start Application Form (English)
Head Start Formulario de Solicitud (en español)

Family Daycare Homes

The Family Day Care Homes (FDCH) program provides reimbursement for meals and snacks that meet the requirements set forth by USDA.   These are private homes where children under 13 are  cared for.  The homes are licensed, registered/inspected, or approved for the program.  The reimbursements make the cost of day care more affordable for many lower income families.   Health and safety standards, training, and monitoring are also very important components in the FDCH program.

There are two types of FDCH:

  1. Licensed homes that care for 6-15 children
  2. Alternate approved homes that care for 5 children or less

The FDCH program provide services George, Harrison, Jackson, Perry and Stone Counties. For more information on the FDCH program call 228-471-1236 or 228-769-3156.

Family Daycare mapRequirements:

  • Providers must be at least 18 years old or older and under a sponsoring organization.
  • A Safety Sanitation Inspection or License is required if caring for more than 5 children.
  • Homes and providers must be monitored by a sponsor.
  • Provider must attend any and all required training.
  • Children cared for in the home must be enrolled in the program.
  • Homes must have an operable telephone, fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
  • Providers must follow Child Nutrition Program regulations, policies and guidance.
First Step Childcare
After-School Program

First Step Childcare offers an After-School program from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. School-aged children are bused from their school to our center located at the JCCAC Central Office. A nutritious snack is provided daily.

Cost of Services and Resources

Registration for all First Step services is $20. Full-time day care services are offered for $75 per week. Our After-School program services are available for $40 per week.

If you would like to apply for our day care or after school service, please stop by the JCCAC Central Office in Moss Point or call us at 228-769-3319.

Please read the First Step Childcare Handbook here for a full description of services and comprehensive guide to program policies and curriculum information.

Program Information

First Step Childcare knows that a child's first experiences will have a great impact on their physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. At First Step Child Care, we recognize that ever child is an individual with unique needs and desires.

Our program aims to benefit both the child and the family. Parent input into the program is encouraged and appreciated. Parent engagement enables the program to grow and evolve to meet the needs of an ever-changing community and culture here in Jackson County.

Your child will receive top-notch nutrition and well-rounded enrichment activities. We encourage parent enthusiasm and interest in the education, as well as social and emotional development of children of our program. We look forward to making First Step Child Care a positive experience for you and your child as we cultivate a desire to learn and grow in each child.

We also offer a summer camp. Our summer camp, Summer Funsation, is an 8-week, full-day program inspiring children to learn, explore, grow, and build lasting fun memories. The program centers on summer camp themes supplemented by field trips. Program eligibility is for children ages 4 to 12. Program cost is $75/week, which includes 3 daily healthy meals. For further program information, call 228-769-3319.

Adult Services

Community Services Block Grant

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Helping individuals to overcome obstacles that prevent self-sufficiency is the goal of this program. We offer Case Management, Direct Assistance, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, home weatherization referral by multi-county community service, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Congregate Meals, Elderly Transportation, and Families First Resource Center services to eligible clients.

The CSBG program is a federally funded grant program created by the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981; its mission is to combat poverty on the community level by removing barriers that hinder self-sufficiency. Low-income households meeting income requirements may be eligible for services. Eligibility for CSBG services is based on 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Prior to receiving services, applicants must complete an online pre-application found at the State of Mississippi Virtual ROMA ( website. The pre-application process only needs to be completed once.

Case Management Services

Our case management service help eligible clients to work though existing obstacles to achieve self-sufficiency. Case management is defined as a structured method of accessing client goal(s) and coordinating and monitoring monetary and non-monetary services/assistance to improve the quality of life for the client, household and the community. Monetary and non-monetary assistance is available to those qualifying clients that meet income eligibility requirements.


Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

liheapThe LIHEAP program assists eligible low-income households with increasing home energy efficiency. To obtain eligibility the household must be at or below 60 percent of the State of Mississippi's Median Income guideline.

For information regarding our LIHEAP program, contact us at 228-769-3292.

Weatherization (WX) Assistance Program

Weatherization_Works_logoThe Weatherization Assistance Program provides services for home energy efficiency. The Weatherization Assistance Program started in 1976 and since its inception, nationwide to-date over 5.7 million households received energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. Eligibility for services is based on individual households meeting the 60 percent Income Poverty Guideline.

Services for weatherization are referred to Multi-County Community Service. For more information, contact us at 228-769-3292.

Families First for Mississippi

Families First For Mississippi Logo TAGLINEJackson County Civic Action Committee's (JCCAC) Families First for Mississippi is funded through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Our program strengthens families of all backgrounds and life circumstances by providing parenting education and support through seminars, workshops and consultations. We reach out to families because we believe that families are the first and foremost priority. Our goal is to help parents build positive, rewarding and satisfying relationships with their children.


The Families First for Mississippi provides and promotes the following services to local families and communities across the state:

  • Referral information and resource assistance to families
  • Abstinence until marriage education
  • Parenting skills classes
  • Community awareness of healthy family development
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Healthy Marriage Initiative

JCCAC's Families First for Mississippi also provides workshops, classes and presentations covering the following topics:

  • Parenting Education
  • Child Development
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Appropriate Discipline
  • Roles of a Parent
  • Motivating Your Child
  • Family Wellness Program
  • Good Character Traits
  • Active Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Bullying

For more information about Families First for Mississippi or to sign up for classes or workshops, contact us at 228-769-3292. Check back monthly for upcoming events and available classes on our calendar.

To apply for classes, you may also complete our online Registration form here.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA JCCACThe Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to households earning $54,000/yr or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic and advanced income tax returns utilizing  electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Volunteer opportunities are available to those interested in certifying to become income tax preparers.  We also need volunteer Screeners/Greeters.  For more information on income tax preparation and volunteer opportunities, please call 228-769-3292.


Senior Services
Senior Services Facility Locations

  • Moss Point Senior Center – 5343 Jefferson Street Moss Point, MS  228-471-1243.
  • Ocean Springs Senior Center – 514 Washington Avenue Ocean Springs, MS  228-872-3653.
Congregate Meals

A nutritionally balanced meal is served Monday through Friday meeting the  average daily allowance of nutrients currently recommended for persons 60 years of age and older.  The setting provides nutrition education, nutrition screening and other nutrition services, such as nutrition counseling, as appropriate, based on the needs of program participants.

Senior Center Activities

A focal point in the community where persons, individually or as a group, come together for a broad spectrum of educational and recreational services, programs and activities.  Individuals age 60+ come to socialize, develop skills, engage in activities and learn new roles which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the community.

Transportation Services

Transportation is provided to maintain the independence of older adults for as long as possible by promoting access to available services in the community.  Transportation is provided to assist individuals in maintaining mobility and delay premature institutionalization through the provision of travel to obtain needed services or goods and to attend social events for their health, happiness, and well-being.

Resources for Seniors

For some interesting facts about senior hunger in our society, check this link
For our calendar of events, please click here


General Services

Dental Services

Jackson County Civic Action Committee's Dental Clinic offers comprehensive dental services to Jackson County residents of all ages. In addition to serving the local community, the facility provides accessible dental health services for Head Start children and their families. Dr. Steven K. Miner of Back Bay Dentistry is our partnering dentist. Miner is a Jackson County native with over 1,000 hours of continuing education in his field.jccac dental clinic logo with child

The Jefferson Dental Clinic is open Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment and for information on insurance, contact the JCCAC Health Specialist weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We look forward to serving your dental needs.

Head Start Health


Jackson County Head Start collaborates with families to ensure that their children receive comprehensive physical and dental examinations annually. Parents are given support in establishing an ongoing and continuous source of medical and dental care with a health provider within the community. Parents are encouraged to become advocates for their child's health and safety.

JCCAC is pleased to have a Dental Clinic at our Jefferson Avenue location. Our facility has dentists on-site monthly to complete examinations and provide treatment. We've partnered with the Coastal Family Mobile Unit—a doctor's office on wheels—that visits one of our sites twice a month to provide health services to Head Start families and the Jackson County community. We've partnered with North Sunflower Medical Center to provide dental examinations and minimal dental treatments to participating children, families and the community.

Dental exams are required and mandated by the Head Start Performance Standards. Exams must be completed within the first 90 days of the child's entry into the program. Our Dental Clinic is a convenient resource for the Head Start families, as it also serves as a health education component. Our clinic's location at the Central Office lessens the concern of having to travel for a dental exam.


Head Start colabora con las familias para asegurar que sus hijos reciban amplios exámenes físicos y dentales anuales. Los padres reciben apoyo para establecer una fuente permanente y continua de atención médica y dental con un proveedor de salud en la comunidad. Se les anima a convertirse en defensores de la salud de sus hijos y de su seguridad.

Estamos contentos de haber abierto recientemente una clínica dental en nuestra oficina central. Tenemos dentistas en la clínica para completar los exámenes y el tratamiento. También no asociamos con la Unidad familiar de la Costa—consultorio de un médico sobre ruedas—que visita uno de nuestros sitios dos veces al mes para proporcionar servicios de salud a nuestras familias y la comunidad.

Un examen dental es un requisito del mandato del Normas de Desempeño de Head Start que debe ser completado dentro de los primeros 90 dias de la entrada del niño en el programa. La Clínica Dental es un recurso conveniente para la comunidad de Head Start, ya que también sirve como un componente de educación sanitaria. También es una oportunidad para ayudar a los padres cada vez más en lo que Head Start tiene que ofrecer a sus familias y la comunidad. Una ventaja es la ubicación de la clínica en la oficina central, lo que disminuye la preocupación de tener que viajar para un examen dental.

Online Resources