Willowood Developmental Head Start Center Closed on Monday, January 8, 2018. All Other Centers and HCHRA Offices Open.

For the health and safety of our students and staff, Willowood Developmental Head Start Center will be closed on Monday, January 8, 2018, due to the loss of water pressure from a water main break caused by the severely low temperatures we have recently experienced.  All other HCHRA Head Start centers and offices will be open as usual.

Any changes to normal hours of operation at any HCHRA Head Start center or service site will always be reported here on our website.

Thank you for your patience as the City of Jackson works tirelessly to get us through this temporary inconvenience.

HCHRA Central Office Will Close at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018

For health and safety reasons, Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Central Office will be closing at 1:00 p.m on Friday, January 5, 2018, due to the loss of water pressure from a water main break caused by the severely low temperatures.

If you have an emergency need for assistance, please call 601-923-3950 and leave a message.  A staff person will return your call as soon possible.  If you already had an appointment for assistance, we will make every effort to reschedule you within the next few days.  Please call 601.923.3950 to reschedule your appointment.

While the City of Jackson is working around the clock to repair the water issues, please remember there is a city-wide precautionary boil water notice for all Jackson residents.

Though Central Office will close early on January 5th, all Hinds County Human Resource Agency Head Start Centers and Neighborhood Service Centers will be open as usual during their normal hours of operation.

Please continue to check the website for updates regarding any changes to hours of operation while we work through this temporary inconvenience.

HCHRA Central Office Closing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018

For health and safety reasons, Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Central Office will be closing at 2:00 p.m on Thursday, January 4, 2018, due to the loss of water pressure.  If you had an appointment for assistance, we will make every effort to reschedule you within the next few days.  Please call 601.923.3950 to reschedule your appointment.

For your safety, please be advised that the City of Jackson has issued a precautionary boil water notice for its residents.

Continue to check the website for additional updates regarding hours of operation as we work through this temporary inconvenience.

HCHRA Holiday Schedule

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will be closed Monday, December 25, 2017, through Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in observance of Christmas.  Central Office and all HCHRA Neighborhood Service Centers will reopen on Thursday, December 28th.

HCHRA offices will also be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018, in observance of the New Year holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

All Head Start centers will reopen on Monday, January 8, 2018, and children may return to the centers at their usual time.

Happy holidays from Hinds County Human Resource Agency!

HCHRA Funds Leadership Academy for Teens

JACKSON, MISS. – Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) partnered with Ask for More Jackson, also known as Parents for Public Schools of Jackson, in its summer internship initiative called “Engage, Enlighten, Employ,” also known as E3, which began in 2014.  With funding provided by HCHRA, E3 launched its first leadership academy for high school students who attend Jackson Public Schools.  The E3 Leadership Academy served 30 students who participated in the summer 2017 internship program with E3.

The program was extended into the fall of the school year so students could continue on with the development of their growth mindset for personal success in life, which began in the summer.  Each E3 Leadership Academy participant constructed the “Well-Being Promise” Plan, which emphasizes wellness, leadership, collaboration, communications, and problem-solving skills for career readiness, and overall well-being.  According to Dr. Earl Watkins, a member of the E3 Leadership Academy staff, the problem-solving component is considered the bedrock of the leadership academy, because the interns will use this concept throughout all activities to develop personal goals and empowerment strategies to fulfill their goals as promises they make to themselves to improve their individual lives and their communities, while becoming advocates of their own learning and growth.  “We are grateful for HCHRA’s commitment to the leadership academy and for helping to transition the teens into a new school year and to focus on self-development,” said Watkins.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides funding for E3 during the summer via the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, and HCHRA provided funding for the fall E3 Leadership Academy.  HCHRA is a public, nonprofit community action agency that operates and funds both senior and youth initiatives through its Community Services Block Grant.  “The E3 Leadership Academy perfectly aligns with our goals to provide a stable environment in the home and in the community through education and personal development, and to provide job training and employment assistance,” said Kenn Cockrell, president and CEO of HCHRA.  “As operators of 16 Head Start centers which serve more than 1,900 pre-school-aged children throughout Hinds County, we are very strong proponents of education and development for youth.  We are excited to support the E3 Leadership Academy in its efforts to help teens identify their strengths and prepare for success in life, said Cockrell.  “We hope that through this process, some of the participants will find themselves employed with HCHRA and will use the skills they’ve learned in the leadership academy to help us carry out our mission of helping citizens to overcome poverty and realize their full potential.”

To learn more about HCHRA programs and services, visit www.hchra.org.

Home Energy Assistance Day at Mary C. Jones

Hundreds of Hinds County Head Start parents were assisted during Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Home Energy Assistance Day hosted at HCHRA’s Mary C. Jones Head Start Center.  Parents received assistance through HCHRA’S LIHEAP program, which is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides low-income families with assistance in paying their household energy bills.

A collaborative effort between HCHRA’s Department of Community Programs (DCP) and Project Head Start Programs made the event successful. Cornelius Beasley, Assistant Vice President for DCP expounded that they are setting the stage for reaching beyond the Head Start students to reaching toward the parents. “HCHRA is doing more than just educating Head Start students, we are also working to meet the needs of Head Start families holistically,” said Beasley.  “We intend to broaden their outreach and wrap their services around Head Start parents to help them be aware of all of the opportunities offered by the Agency.”

The October event was specifically designed for those parents whose children attend the Mary C. Jones Head Start center at 2050 Martin Luther King Drive in Jackson. Mr. Beasley stated that multiple LIHEAP events are being planned for parents at each of the Head Start center sites throughout the school year. Parents in need of home energy assistance should contact their family service worker at the center.  Center Administrator, Ms. Almeta Roberts added that “while education is our primary focus, promoting health and stability in the homes of our Head Start families is just as important.”  More information about the HCHRA community programs and services can be found at www.hchra.org or call 601.923.3950.

Head Start Centers Closed. Central Office to Open at Noon.

The weather forecast shows winter storms on Friday, December 8, 2017.  To insure the safety of our students, clients and staff, all Hinds County Human Resource Agency Head Start Centers, Neighborhood Service Centers and satellite offices will be closed today.  Central Office, located at 258 Maddox Road, will open at noon, unless it is determined unsafe to do so.  If there are any changes, updates will be posted here on our website.

Parents, volunteers and staff participating in Phase III Training should report to Central Office as scheduled.  If there is any change in plans, we will be sure to post announcements here on our website.  Continue to check back for further updates.

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 Participates in Career Fair at Antonelli College


Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) recently participated in a career fair hosted by Antonelli College.  HCHRA spoke with over 50 applicants and career seekers and received 29 applications and resumes combined.  HCHRA also spoke to representatives of the Professional Development Institute of Antonelli College on how their graduates can become HCHRA employees.  The Professional Development Institute assists students with job placement, interview skills, resume building, impromptu interviews and business etiquette.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is a public, nonprofit Community Action Agency that has been in business for over 40 years and employs close to 400 individuals.  HCHRA President and CEO Kenn Cockrell attributes the agency’s long-term success to hiring capable and dedicated employees.  “We are always looking to employ a diverse group of individuals with various talents and experiences to provide quality services for the community we serve,” said Cockrell.  “Without them, HCHRA would not exist.”  HCHRA is currently looking to fill vacancies for teachers, teacher assistants, case managers, infant and toddler teachers, transit drivers and coordinators, family services workers, center administrators, and special project officers.

Ms. Carolyn Upkins, HCHRA Personnel Specialist, stated, “There was great potential among the Antonelli graduates that submitted applications for classroom positions.  We’re optimistic about employing some of them to fill key vacancies.”  The City of Jackson Police Department, Allstate Insurance Company, Army National Reserve, BankPlus, UMC, Regions Bank, Waffle House, Dr. Quinn Health Care, Massage Envy Spa, Personal Care Representatives, and several state departments also participated in the career fair.

For a complete list of job opportunities available at HCHRA, visit www.hchra.org/employment.

Join the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Today, November 28, 2017. Support HCHRA, Help Families in Hinds County.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) is a part of the #GivingTuesday movement, and we ask you to join us in our commitment to helping families, especially this holiday season.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.).  We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back to a charity or cause in which we believe.  We hope that you will choose HCHRA.

For forty years, HCHRA’s mission has been to empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  For each and every family it serves, HCHRA takes a comprehensive approach to identify the causes and effects of poverty in the home.  The agency then works in partnership with the family to develop a plan and opportunities to overcome the barriers they face.  “Our mission is grand, it’s large in scope,” explains HCHRA President & CEO Kenn Cockrell.  “But before we can place someone on the path to attaining higher education or improving work skills to attain a better way of life, we often have to address the most basic human needs, such as food, lights and running water,” he said.

HCHRA offers a range of programs and services year-round to help move families out of poverty to self-sufficiency.  The holiday season, however, seems to come with an increased need for safe housing, food and utility payment assistance.  Participating in #GivingTuesday provides HCHRA with a platform to encourage giving, especially at such a critical time.  HCHRA uses the funds it receives from private donors to secure additional funds to expand its reach and help provide more home-delivered meals to seniors and persons with disabilities, greater access to transportation services and increased routes in rural communities where no transportation services exists, and the best education and development program available to low-income children.

Please consider giving to HCHRA on today, #GivingTuesday.  Your gift will help HCHRA provide families who live in poverty in Hinds County with greater opportunities to succeed in life.

Information about HCHRA’s programs and services can be found here on our website.  You can also call 601-923-1838.  Those interested in joining HCHRA’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit hchra.org/community-partners/giving-opportunities.

HCHRA is a public, non-profit community action agency dedicated to helping families and strengthening communities.  For 40 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, Early Head Start, congregate and home-delivered meals, home energy assistance, rural transportation, case management, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit Programs, HCHRA continues to improve the conditions of children, families, single adults, the elderly and citizens with disabilities throughout Hinds County.

About #GivingTuesday
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