Biloxi Schools Plan Pre-School Program

Biloxi High Senior Brittni Ouellette always knew that her career path would involve being around children.

"I plan to major in Early Childhood Education and probably get my masters in Elementary Education and teach."

Brittni also wants to one day open her own daycare. So, she enrolled in the "Child Care and Guidance Management" class at Biloxi High.

"It has just taught me the side of children that I have never known before, things that you can apply. You work with children, and learn alternatives to dealing with them in a way that I've never known."

Twice a month, the students build upon their skills by interacting with Kindergartners and First Graders at North Bay Elementary.

Pam Jones is the director of the program.

"I teach them the developmental needs of children. We talk about health and safety. They do menu planning, and they actually learn how to teach."

Soon, those students will get to move into their brand, new home. The School District is building a 5,000 square foot Child Care Facility, right next to the high school. The building will allow the students to run their very own Pre School.

"It is actually going to be a self-contained child care facility, a learning facility for 2, 3 and 4 year olds at the high school. Basically, anybody that works in the Biloxi Schools can send their child there."

For future child care workers like Brittni, they're looking forward to the day when they can use their training in a real-life setting. The Child Care Facility will cost up to $750,000. Bids will go out in mid-February. The building is expected to be finished in December.