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Pre-K tax credit to be topic at Chamber meet



Republican State Sen. Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula will talk about the Mississippi pre-K tax credit at the upcoming Petal Chamber of Commerce meeting. The event will be held at noon Nov. 12 at the Petal Civic Center, located at 712A Main St. The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013, which Wiggins introduced, expanded state-funded pre-K programs at 11 pilot sites throughout the state.  While the Early Learning Collaborative Act provides grant funds to pre-K  programs, it also features a provision for Mississippi taxpayers.  Individuals and businesses can receive a credit on their state taxes, allowing them to pay money owed to the state to the Petal Early Learning Collaborative – or to any of the other 10 sites. 

- See more at: http://www.hubcityspokes.com/content/pre-k-tax-credit-be-topic-chamber-meet#sthash.9xsMBzSV.dpuf

Petal's Excel By 5, pre-K providers connect to prepare kids for school

August 23, 2013 - Hattiesburg American - Staff Writer Ellen Ciurczak This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hattiesburg American Article - Link

It looks and sounds like chaos upon first entering the 4-year-old classroom at Playschool preschool in Petal — as 35 children talk, laugh and move about.

But lead teacher Debbie Wilson says it’s organized chaos. She and the two other teachers in the room are constantly working to prepare these children for kindergarten.

“They stay very active and very busy,” she said. “They’re learning. We try to build their social skills and help them to be independent.

“We help them grow in the academic area, with vocabulary and communication being very important.”


Petal Excel By 5 Program Recertified

Petal Excel by 5 Program Recertified


Excel By 5 officials want to spread message

November 14, 2011   La Tonya Frelix, American Writer

PETAL — Excel By 5 program leaders in Petal spent Monday requesting help from the business and service community to spread its message.


Preparing Students for Success

 Early development surveys measure readiness of kindergartners for school

Written by Ellen Ciurczak
Hattiesburg American Staff Writer

Three Pine Belt school districts are working with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi on early development surveys that will measure the readiness of children for kindergarten.


Petal park's trail serves as learning opportunity - La Tonya Frelix - Clarion Ledger

PETAL — A trip to a Pine Belt park is now both fun and educational thanks to its new Born Learning Trail.


7 Miss. districts in pre-K study

Ellen Ciurdzak • Hattiesburg American • January 2, 2011

Seven school districts in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties have been selected as pilot sites for an early development survey that will measure how ready students are for kindergarten.


Petal's Early Childhood Programs Recognized

PETAL — For years, it has been Petal's goal to teach prekindergartners the basics to prepare them for a successful academic career.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library opens in Petal
by Tre Bischof

Building upon its reputation of quality in education, the Petal community officially added another unique feature this year as the Petal Imagination Library was opened to the public.


Join the Itty Bitty Bookworm Club

Want to insure your child enters school with the skills needed to succeed? Research shows that reading to your child daily is a powerful way parents and caregivers can impact children's readiness for school. By joining the Itty Bitty Bookworm Club, you agree to read to your child every day. Each time a book is read, place a penny in a baby food jar. When it's full, it will hold approximately 100 pennies. That means 100 books have been read and entitles you to trade your pennies for a great book at the Itty Bitty Bookworm Store. What a fun way to insure your child's reading success and to build a great home library for your child. Stop by to visit the store at the Center for Families and Children - 201 West Central Avenue