DHA works with six child care centers in Sunflower County, along with other community partners, to create the Sunflower Childcare Coalition, a system of private day care centers that meet Early Head Start standard. Each childcare center uses a standardized curriculum designed to ensure students are ready for kindergarten. A comprehensive teacher and staff development program is designed to refine and update classroom skills. Moreover, the centers coordinate health and nutritional services, including vision, oral and health screenings.
The mission of the Delta Health Alliance is to improve the health and education of the men, women, and children who make the Mississippi Delta their home. Delta Health Alliance aims to carry out this mission in three ways. First, we will seek to understand the fundamental causes of poor health and lack of educational opportunities in the region through comprehensive research programs and statistical analysis of relevant data. Second, we will fund programs to increase access to health care and education. Third, we will educate residents of the Delta in ways that encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Areas of Service
Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.