Kellogg grant to help expand Nichols pre-K

More children will be attending pre-K classes at Nichols school in east Biloxi thanks to a half-million-dollar grant the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has awarded to Biloxi Public Schools.

The grant means that Biloxi Public Schools will be establishing its own four pre-K classrooms to complement the seven Head Start classes that Gulf Coast Community Action Agency inaugurated at Nichols two years ago.

Biloxi’s program will serve four-year old children within the Biloxi Public School District area with a focus on families who do not have ready access to early childhood programs. The school year will begin on Monday, Sept. 8

The new classes, funded by a $495,000, three-year grant from WKKF, mean as many as 80 pre-K students will join the 156 already being served at Nichols, an award-winning elementary school that has evolved into a center for pre-K and after-school Boys and Girls Club activities after student population in east Biloxi plummeted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Read more about the program and see registration info