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Parents as Teachers also serves pregnant and parenting teens living in Lamar County. Teen parents face challenges that are unique and difficult. We are here to help guide, educate, and empower young moms to be the best they can be for themselves and for their babies. We help teen parents finish school, connect them with resources to help with childcare, and educate parents in early childhood best practices. Our goals are drop-out prevention, increased school readiness among children, and fostering strong loving relationships among parents and children.

Helpful Resources

over 2 years ago

There are multiple resources available in Lamar County to assist you with various needs.  
Here's a list of the most common agencies.  
If you need help with applications or have any questions,
please feel free to discuss this with your Parent Educator by calling 601-794-5982.   
1.  Medicaid - medical assistance.  132 Mayfair Blvd., Hattiesburg, MS  39402.  601-264-5386.
2.  WIC - supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children.  Lamar County Health Dept., 207 Main St., Purvis, MS  39475.  601-794-1055.
3.  WIC Distribution Site - 47 Deep South Lane, Purvis, MS  39475.  601-794-6294.
4.  SNAP - Food Stamps.  1-800-948-3050.  Lamar County Health Dept., 207 Main St., Purvis, MS  39475.
5.  TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - provides assistance for families who do not have enough income or resources to meet everyday needs.  1-800-948-3050 or 601-794-1050.
6.  MS Child Care Payment Program - Federal program to help qualifying parents with childcare tuition.  1-800-877-7882. 
7.  Child Support Case - Must have an open case in order to receive other assistance.  1-877-882-4916. 
Each resource has a weblink to access the website or you can visit  

Helpful Websites

over 2 years ago

Contact Us

about 1 year ago

Email Us:
BECKY HURSTON - Coordinator and Parent Educator
ALICIA CLARK - Parent Educator
APRIL BURNSIDE - Parent Educator
CARA BUFFINGTON - Office Manager and Early Childhood Liaison
PAULA WILSON - Administrative Assistant

Physical Address:
434 Martin Luther King Dr.
Purvis, MS  39475
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 609
Purvis, MS  39475 
Phone:  601-794-5982
Fax:  601-794-6290