Education Center Gets Boost From Biloxi, Mississippi Power

BILOXI (WLOX) -- A survey by coastal women for change says out of 100 households 65 say there is still a strong need for childcare. Thanks to some funding from city of Biloxi, Moore Community House will soon help met the need of low income families across the coast.

"Congress awarded some funds to go to head start and early head start programs that lost their facilities in Katrina, and we were fortunate to get awarded some of that money," says Carol Burnett, the director for Moore Community House.

Burnett says once the center put out bids for the site, construction costs were more than what the center was awarded.

"We had so many partners working with us, we just didn't want to see this project not come through," said Burnett.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of what was the center's childcare center and early education program. Now each program will have its own site thanks to the help of some city leaders.

"What this resolution does is provide them the gap financing to complete that facility. So we will have a new addition by utilizing $100,000 of the city's money to match what is $1.2 million in other funds that were raised," said ward two Councilman Bill Stallworth.

Stallworth convinced the council to approve using the $100,000 to help rebuild the new center. The money comes from the capital fund project. However, after one of the projects fell through, the funds became available to help build the new center.

"Some of our younger children are in need of some additional educational opportunities that can be afforded at Moore Community House," Stallworth said.

With backing from the city and another substantial donation from the Mississippi Power Foundation, Moore Community House now has enough funds to rebuild the new center and educate more than 100 South Mississippi children.

The new early education facility will be located between Nichols Elementary and the Hope Six Housing. Construction on the new center will begin in about six weeks.