Still Doing Our Part

Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Head Start In-Service Training held on October 9, 2017 at the Jackson Convention Complex, led to another informative and engaging learning source for the staff of HCHRA. Professionalism, Accountability, Responsibility and Teamwork is what the acronym stands for in the theme “Together: Let’s Do Our PART”.

Workshop sessions included subjects on School Readiness, Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behaviors to Discover Meaning, Fair Labor Standards Act, and A Comprehensive Overview of the 2017 OHS Monitoring Protocol Process. Family and Community Services shared topics on An Overview of Community Action, Virtual ROMA, and Doing What Works – Performance Targeting. Early Head Start offered topics on Routines and Environment, Emotional Support & Self-Regulation, Facilitated Exploration and Exploration & Language Modeling.  There was also a session on CPR and Standard First Aid and Safety Training.







Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Quality Assurance Specialists, Kynetta Shinard and Verlillian Williams attended the In-Service workshops and gained valuable insight and knowledge they say they can readily apply during their monitoring assessments for each of the Head Start centers. Shinard was impressed with knowledge she acquired in the Family and Community Service session.   “I  learned what Community Action Agencies are, I received a better understanding of the utilization of virtual ROMA and I developed a better understanding of CSBG (Community Service Block Grant)”, said Ms. Shinard.

Ms. Williams added, “The teacher sensitivity portion of the Emotional Support & Self-Regulation session really engaged me. We learned how to recognize and use natural instincts to provide comfort and support to babies, and gained a greater understanding of how infants and toddlers communicate at a very early age.” Ms. Williams also learned a new acronym from the Emotional Support & Self-Regulation session concerning teacher sensitivity and it is “H.E.L.L.O.”

is to have a conversation

E  is to extend into thick questions

L  is to listen and ask questions

is to listen and expand

O  is to (always) offer new words

In-Service learning sessions continued on November 20, 2017 as HCHRA staff once again convened at the Convention Center.  Various topics in the November training from Children’s Services included Classroom Management for Head Start Classrooms, Breaking the CLASS Ceiling: Maximizing Outcomes in Instructional Support, Fun with Phonics, and FY 2018 Head Start Monitoring Protocols.  Facilities and Field Services sessions focused on Basic Hand Tools, Environmental Health and Safety Practices, and Maintaining a Clean and Safe Environment.  Family and Community Services encompassed COPA Training – Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance Procedures (ERSEA), Family Goal Setting and Planning, and Virtual ROMA.  Nutrition Services offered sessions on Foodborne Illnesses, Cross Contamination, and Civil Rights.  Transportation Services workshops included topics on Defensive Driving, How Transportation Staff Promotes School Readiness through Effective Communication, and Bridging the Gap in Transportation Safety in Schools.  CPR and Standard First Aid and Safety Training was again offered as part of the In-Service workshop sessions.

In addition to training offered each month, Hinds County Human Resource Agency offers a minimum of one pre-service and four in-service training session for Head Start staff each school year.  This is part of the Agency’s ongoing commitment to ensure that staff is properly trained, and equipped with the knowledge and tools to provide the best possible environment for children and families who are a part of the Head Start program with HCHRA.


HCHRA Hosts Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recertification for Seniors and Citizens with Disabilities on March 24, 2016

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will host its 2016 LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Awareness Day for Seniors and Citizens with Disabilities on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall Community Meeting Room located at 350 Woodrow Wilson in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with paying their home energy bills with special provisions made to serve homebound, elderly and citizens with disabilities.  LIHEAP helps to keep families safe and healthy by reducing the risk of problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices. In addition to bill payment assistance, the program also provides energy crisis assistance, weatherization and minor energy-related home repairs.

During the March 24th LIHEAP event, HCHRA case managers will be on-site to help Hinds County seniors and citizens with disabilities certify for LIHEAP assistance and learn more about the program and its benefits.  “Though HCHRA provides LIHEAP assistance to any household that meets the eligibility requirements, we created LIHEAP Awareness Day specifically for seniors and citizens with disabilities as a way to streamline the application process and improve delivery of services,” said HCHRA President and CEO Kenn Cockrell.  “HCHRA is very sensitive to the challenges of our aging populations and of those with limited mobility that may prevent them from visiting our central office,” said Cockrell.  “HCHRA organized this community outreach effort to make it more convenient for them to apply and become certified to receive services.”

Energy companies Entergy and Atmos will be in attendance to provide energy-saving tips, information about their services, and information on how to remain safe when trying to keep homes warm or cool in extreme temperatures.  Refreshments will be served.

Any senior and any citizen with a disability who lives in Hinds County and receives SSI, Social Security, or VA benefits from the government is encouraged to attend the 2016 LIHEAP Awareness Day.  All other Hinds County residents, including heads of households who have a senior or person with a disability living in their household, should contact HCHRA at 601-923-3950 to schedule an appointment at the Agency for case management.

Clients who were served by HCHRA in 2015 will need to bring their 2016 award letter from the government (or printout from Social Security Administration), proof of sources of income, and current copies of their energy-related utility bills (i.e., lights and gas).   Persons who have never been to HCHRA will need their 2016 award letter, proof of sources of income, current utility bills, as well as their birth certificate, Social Security card (or printout from Social Security Administration), and a government issued picture ID.

LIHEAP funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Division of Community Services, Mississippi Department of Human Services.  To qualify, applicants must meet income guidelines set by the state and federal government for LIHEAP assistance.  For additional information about the 2016 LIHEAP Awareness Day for Seniors and Citizens with Disabilities in Hinds County, or other community programs and services offered by HCHRA, call 601-923-3950.

Head Start School Closures Due to Hurricane Isaac

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is working in partnership with the Hinds County Department of Emergency Management to track our weather and keep you informed of the latest developments.

If the weather should become severe, be sure to check our website for up-to-date information on Hinds County Human Resource Agency office hours, access to our community programs and services, and Head Start Center closings.  You should also tune in to your local news stations for updates.

Make sure you are prepared for the threat of severe weather.  Check out helpful emergency preparedness tips provided by the Hinds County Department of Emergency Management.  The City of Jackson also encourages you to sign up for Code Red severe weather alerts on the City of Jackson’s website, and to call 311 to report and track any problems.

All Hinds County Project Head Start and Early Head Start Centers will be open on Friday, August 31, 2012, except Willowood Developmental Center Satellite Head Start Classroom. 

Preparations Underway For 2012 Annual Gala

HCHRA’s 18th Annual Gala to be Held on Friday, September 21, 2012

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will host its 18th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala on Friday, September 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson.  This year’s speaker is Dr. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.  Entertainment will be provided by “Amos B” – Saxophonist Extraordinaire.

This year marks a signficant milestone for HCHRA as we celebrate 35 years of providing quality education and community programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands.  The Gala will help provide critical matching funds for several of our programs and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals who have defied the odds and overcome challenging life circumstances.  We also recognize our community partners that work with us throughout the year to help eradicate poverty and provide a better life for more than 52,000 low-income citizens in Hinds County.  Tickets for this event are $50.00 per person. General donations are also welcome. For information on tickets or advertising, call (601) 923-1838.

At Hinds County Human Resource Agency, our goal is to help families and strengthen communities.  We have built a solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential. 

HCHRA Invites Hinds County Citizens to Attend Public Meetings

hchra_calendar-imageHinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) holds its monthly Board of Directors Meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Central Office located at 258 Maddox Road, Jackson, Mississippi. Board Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of  each month.

The meeting is open and Hinds County citizens are encouraged to attend.


For more than 35 years, HCHRA has built its solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential. Through Head Start and Early Head Start, rural transportation, home-delivered meals, home energy assistance, case management, and RSVP programs, HCHRA continues to improve the conditions of children, families, single adults, the elderly and the disabled in our communities.

List of 2012 Board Meetings

  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 19

2010-2011 Head Start Annual Report Available

“While this report provides statistical information reflecting the dedication and loyalty to the children and families served in Hinds County Mississippi, comments from parents are included to better reflect the lives that the statistics represent and the impact that this Head Start program has on these lives,” reflects Kenn Cockrell, President and CEO of Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

Please click here for a downloadable copy of the 2010-2011 HCHRA Head Start Annual Report. (34mb PDF)

Program Overview

After more than 30 years, Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) Project Head Start and Early Head Start continue to offer comprehensive, quality programs for income-eligible families and their children ages 0-5 years. Our highly qualified staff is equipped to foster partnerships with parents while appropriately and professionally addressing the educational physical, emotional, and social needs of their children.


Local Community Action Agency Honors Staff

HCHRA Honors Staff at 2010 Annual Appreciation Luncheon

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) 7th Annual Employee Appreciation Event. Pictured are HCHRA employees who received 20-year service pins. Front row from left to right: Josie McDonald, Jennice Washington, Francine McGowan, Johnnie Mitchell and Ettress Robinson. Top row from left to right: Addie Hooks, Carl Davis, Mary Marshall and Deloris Jones.

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) recently held its 7th Annual Employee Appreciation Event at the downtown Jackson Marriott Hotel. Of the Agency’s 395 employees, 375 were on hand as fellow coworkers received special recognition for years of service, leadership, educational advancement, perfect attendance, and public service. Other awards included the Board of Directors and Staff of the Year.

“The employee appreciation is a great event to let those that labor with the agency know they are appreciated and recognized for their tireless service. We are fortunate to work for an agency that changes lives every day, and we are even more fortunate that our troubled economy has not negatively impacted our efforts,” said Carolyn Upkins, HCHRA Personnel Specialist.

HCHRA has been able to hire 83 new employees since January 2010. Businesses have been downsizing and cutting spending. Yet, HCHRA has found ways to show its employees how much they are valued.

“The agency can never fully repay employees for all they give, but through this event a level of gratitude was shown. There is a sense of pride associated with individuals employed by our agency, and they show it each day through dedication and loyalty. This Employee Appreciation Event awarded their commitment,” said Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA President and CEO.

For more information about HCHRA and employment opportunities contact Central Office at 601.923.3930.

HCHRA Awards Clients and Community Partners at 2010 Annual Gala

Hinds County Human Resource Agency hosts 16th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

Bootstrap Awardees Left to right: Willie Mae Dennis, Shameka Grace, Carolyn Ranson, and Marcey Jones - Not Pictured: Stephanie Green and Justin Ficklin

Jackson, MS – With more than 500 people in attendance, community and business leaders and area citizens gathered for the Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) 16th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala, held at the Hilton Jackson Hotel on September 17, 2010.

Shameka Grace, Marcey Jones, Carolyn Ranson, Willie Mae Dennis, Stephanie Green, and Justin Ficklin have all overcome significant life obstacles and were each presented the HCHRA Bootstrap Award. Each year, this award is given to individuals who have beat the odds and pulled themselves up by their own proverbial bootstraps.

The following awards were also given in recognition of community service and agency support: Medgar Evers Humanitarian Award (Dr. Bill Cooley); J.B. Carr Community Service Award (Robert Langford, Willie Martin and Shirley Tucker); Volunteers of the Year Award (Dr. Tony Webster, Nicole Martin, Gloria Green and Cedric Morgan); Agency Support Award (Peggy Calhoun); Bill Cooley Agency Development Award (Lolita Ross); Board of Directors Award (Tamara Young); and Betsy Morgan Smith Award (John Lunardini).

Gary Anderson, President and CEO of The Anderson Company, LLC, moderated the program and Dr. Bill Cooley, Chairman of Systems Companies, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Cooley’s message entitled “How to be a Social Entrepreneur” captivated the audience. He encouraged attendees to “support local businesses” and “mentor local youths to be effective leaders in Jackson communities.” Entertainment was by Christa Bennett, local contemporary gospel artist and HCHRA employee, and the JSU Jazz Trio.