Washington Early Childhood Center
1202 Evans St.
Marshall, TX 75670
903-927-8794 (fax)

Welcome to Washington Early Childhood Center! We serve students in pre-kindergarten and are the home of MISD's Head Start program. It is our goal to provide the greatest environment, staff, curriculum, experiences and opportunities for all of our students!
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btwIn 1856, Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in Virginia as the son of Jane, an African-American slave. After emancipation, Jane moved the family to West Virginia to join her husband Washington Ferguson. As a young man, Washington worked his way through Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (a historically black college now Hampton University) and attended college at Wayland Seminary (now Virginia Union University). In 1881, Washington was named as the first leader of the new Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, founded for the higher education of blacks. Washington attained national prominence for his Atlanta Address of 1895, which attracted the attention of politicians and the public. He became a popular spokesperson for African-American citizens. Beginning in the 1920s, with the help of Julius Rosenthal, he raised funds to build and operate thousands of new, small rural schools and institutions of higher education to improve education for blacks throughout the South. He was often asked for political advice by presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. In addition to his contributions in education, Washington wrote 14 books; his autobiography, Up from Slavery, first published in 1901, is still widely read today. During a difficult period of transition, he did much to improve the working relationship between the races. His work greatly helped blacks to achieve higher education, financial power, and understanding of the U.S. legal system. This contributed to blacks' attaining the skills to create and support the Civil Rights Movement, leading to the passage of important federal civil rights laws. In 1915, at the age of 59, he collapsed in New York City and was brought home to Tuskegee, where he died on November 14, 1915.


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 the fall of 1959, Washington opened as a primary school with one first grade teacher, two second and one third. One September 18, 1961, Morning Star Elementary School in the Woodlawn district sent its seven grades and two teachers to Washington. During the late 60s and early 70s, it was used as a kindergarten and special education center.

In 1978 the school became the Alternative School, which housed a program to serve students unable to cope in the regular school environment. Other programs to use the facilities were: Special Assignment Class, Community Class, Food Service and Health Services.

In 1989-90, the school became Washington Early Childhood Center, housing kindergarten students from the Robert E. Lee, Moore and Carver zones, and all pre-kindergarten students. Four rooms were added and existing classrooms were renovated. A new, multi-purpose room for P.E. classes, assemblies, storage and serving meals was ready for use in January 1992. 

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.

Washington 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. The target population includes income eligible teen parents, parents of Head Start siblings, social services referrals, and other community members. The Head Start program serves approximately 2410 children and 2229 families. 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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