Welcome to MECC!

Welcome to the Marshall Early Childhood Center website! We serve our 3-4 year-old students as the Pre-Kindergarten/Head Start campus in Marshall ISD. School hours each day are 7:31 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. We invite you to visit our campus anytime and see the great things that we are doing to prepare our students for kindergarten. We hope the information you find on this website will be helpful to you, but if you have questions or concerns please don't hesitate to give us a call at 903-927-8790. Thank you and Go Mavs!

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Campus Administration

Dana Culberson

Dana Culberson

Head Start Program

Marshall Early Childhood Center serves as the Head Start campus for Marshall ISD. Head Start is a 12-county program through the Region 7 Education Service Center providing comprehensive services to children ages birth – 5 years from low income families. In addition, the Early Head Start program design includes center based options and home based services for pregnant moms. All enrolled students receive a physical examination, immunizations, lead screening, vision exam, developmental and hearing screenings, and dental care. Head Start recognizes that parents and families are the strongest supporters of their children and encourages involvement as their children’s advocates. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school. By law, Head Start programs must help parents and families support their children as they enter Early Head Start or Head Start, and as they transition from Head Start to kindergarten, another preschool program, or a child care setting. Head Start explores opportunities for parents of students to expand their education, find or get a better job, and tap into support groups where parents and family members encourage each other. For more information on the Head Start Program, visit the program's website by clicking here.

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About Our School

about our school

Marshall Early Childhood Center, formerly Washington Early Childhood Center, opened at its current location on Meadow Street in the fall of 2019. The move across town to the old South Marshall Elementary building coincided with the district's decision to make the school a full-day pre-kindergarten campus for the first time in MISD history.

Previously, at its old location on Evans Street as Washington Early Childhood, the school had been a half-day, two-session campus. Washington Early Childhood Center was originally Booker T. Washington Elementary School, a seven-room building completed in 1958. Children first entered the 3 1/2-acre campus on January 26, 1969. Students from the Mound, Liberty, Pine Grove and Shady Grove schools and one division from the fifth grade at J.H. Moore Elementary School were transferred to Washington. Grades 1-7 were taught under the leadership of principal Frances P. Wallace. Initially, BTW operated as a unit of J.H. Moore Elementary under the supervision of Paul E. Moon.

In 1999, WECC became the main Head Start campus, serving only students in that program, and pre-kindergarten. The school also had oversight of "WECC II," the rented Marshall Head Start Center at 2614 East End Blvd. South. In fall 2002 eight classrooms and a library were added as WECC began housing all MISD Head Start students. Enrollment increased from 213 to 312 students with enrollment of Head Start students from "WECC II," Carver and South Marshall.

About Marshall ISD

Marshall ISD is located in Marshall, Texas, in upper east Texas, 40 minutes from Shreveport, La., to the east and just over two hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to the west. Marshall is located at the intersection of three major highways -- Interstate 20 and State Highways 59 and 43. Historic Caddo Lake is located less than 20 minutes to the northeast of downtown Marshall, and the city is also just a short drive from Lake o' the Pines to the northwest. Marshall has a population of 23,523 according to the 2010 United States Census, and serves as the county seat of Harrison County. The average home market value in Marshall ISD, according to the Harrison Central Appraisal District 2020 Annual Report, is $112,713. Marshall ISD encompasses an area of approximately 346 square miles in and around Marshall. MORE INFORMATION