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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2008

 

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS DAVENPORT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Margarette Davenport, of West Point, to the State Early Childhood Advisory Council, a newly-established council that meets requirements in the federal Head Start Reauthorization Act of 2007. Designed to advance the development of a coordinated state early childhood system, the Council will provide leadership and assistance to early care and education programs as well as state agencies that provides services for children from birth to school entry.

 

“I am pleased Margarette has accepted this important assignment to help advance the development of our state’s early childhood education system. I know she will be a great asset to this group,” Governor Barbour said.

 

Davenport has been director of the Clay County Community Day Care center for 31 years; prior to this position, she briefly worked as a teacher’s assistant in the West Point Public School district for a little over two years. Davenport is a 10-year member of West Point Civitan and president of Voices for Mississippi’s Children. Additionally, she was inducted into the Hall of Honor by the Clay County United Way and received the Day One Leadership Community Partner award.

 

She holds an associate’s degree and is a certified Child Development Associated (CDA). Davenport and her husband, Robert, have been married 41 years; together, they have three children, Ivy, Frederick, and Robbie.