SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It can be quite overwhelming to be a new parent. You have this tiny infant you're now responsible for caring for, and as they grow you'll find new challenges everyday.
WLOX Anchor Meggan Gray wants you to know about resources available in South Mississippi.
There are seven Excel by 5 certified communities across South Mississippi, with one more on the way. What does that mean? Those seven areas in Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, Stone and Jackson Counties have dedicated themselves to helping children grow up ready to excel in school by age five. But one of the biggest assets they can offer parents is a resource guide.
It's a directory that contains vital information linking new parents to the resources they need in their own communities. Information such as licensed child care providers, who to contact for emergency assistance, or where to turn for disability services. Names, addresses and phone numbers - a direct link to help parents, especially new parents, know where to get help. What an asset for any parent who wants to help their child grow up happy, healthy and ready to learn.