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July 11, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Lora Mederos, of Picayune, 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 appreciate Lora’s willingness to serve on this committee, which will play an important role in ensuring Mississippi’s children are ready to learn by age five,” Governor Barbour said. “I know Lora will be an asset in developing our state’s early childhood education system.”


Mederos is executive director of the Hancock County Human Resources Agency, where she has worked for 16 years. She spent five years as director of the Child Development Center and also worked as a social worker in the Division of Family and Children’s Services. Mederos is a member of the Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis and Junior Auxiliary, and in 2007 was chosen by the state’s Office for Children and Youth under the Department of Human Services as Childcare Provider of the Year.


Mederos earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed social worker. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married 18 years; together, they have two children.