Thursday, December 1, 2005


State Head Start honors one of its own

The Mississippi Head Start Association awarded one of its long time runners on November 14 at the 40th anniversary celebration of Head Start held in Tunica.

Dr. Arvern Moore, executive director of the Institute of Community Services, Inc. was recognized for his contributions to Head Start for nearly four decades of dedicated service as an effective leader.

Described by ICS deputy director, Eloise McClinton, as a giant in the fight for children and families throughout the state and nation, Moore has worked tirelessly to bring about changes for the better. She further stated that Dr. Moore has been a champion at getting the Head Start story out to local, state, federal and national politicians in order to enhance the lives of millions of children and families nationwide.

Dr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Industrial College and a master’s degree from Tuskegee University. He has done further study at Murray State College, the University of Arizona, the University of Memphis and Southern University. In the fall of 1999, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Rust College.

Dr. Moore has been affiliated with ICS, Inc. since 1967. Prior to this, he taught physics, chemistry, coached basketball, and baseball in the public school system. He has received numerous awards and held positions as both the immediate past president of the state and regional head start associations. Moore has also served as president of the National Head Start Association.

Moore is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and past president of its Marshall County chapter. He is an active member of Anderson Chapel CME Church and serves as chair of the CME church’s Empowerment Committee.

Moore is an active member of numerous other organizations in Marshall County and has devoted his life to providing comprehensive child development services to children and families. He is married to the former Anita Walton and they are the parents of two children, Charles Vern Moore, Sr. and Angela Moore-McMiller, M.D. and three grandchildren, Charles Vern Moore, Jr., Holly Dominique and Halle Victoria Moore-McMiller.

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