C.A.S.A. presently uses the facilities of three area churches:

*Placement of children varies based on enrollment numbers.

Additional facilities are desired as enrollment is at capacity for the facilities presently in use. If your church is interested in being a part of the C.A.S.A. program, please contact the main office at 842-3887, or email info@casatupelo.org

We are grateful to our supporting churches!

Calvary Baptist Church
ECEC & Kindergarten

First Presbyterian Church
(3rd-4th-5th-6th Grade)

C.A.S.A Frequently Asked Questions

Fee Structure

Are discounts available for multiple children?

Yes, please refer to our latest fee schedule for a complete list of fee’s and discounts that are available.

General Information

Are discounts available for multiple children?

Yes, please refer to our latest fee schedule for a complete list of fee’s and discounts that are available.

What agency operates C.A.S.A.?

C.A.S.A. is a 501C organization with policies, fees, and operations overseen by a Board of Directors.

Board members are nominated by member churches, elected by the Board of Directors and serve for a three year term.   C.A.S.A. is regulated by the Mississippi State Health Department through the Office of Child Care Licensure.  A copy of the Regulations Governing Licensure of Child Care facilities may may be obtained in the C.A.S.A. office, at any C.A.S.A. site or by visiting the Mississippi State Department of Health website at www.healthyms.com (from the left menu, select Regulations and Licensure, then Child Care). You may direct your questions to the local licensing official, Jessica Sheets at (662) 841-7870.

What are the age limites to attend C.A.S.A.?

Children entering Kindergarten through Sixth grade may attend the School Year Program.

The Summer Program may be attended by children who have completed Kindergarten through sixth grade.

What hours does C.A.S.A. operate?

During the School Year

Monday through Friday, After school until 5:30pm
Summer

Monday through Friday, 7:30 – 5:30

School Holidays

7:30 – 5:30 on school holidays that are not typical business holidays.

CASA is closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after,  Christmas Day and the day,  New Year’s Day, Good Friday,  and Independence Day

Where are registration and application forms located?

Many forms are available by checking the RESOURCES menu link at the bottom of this page.
If you do not find what you are seeking, please contact the C.A.S.a. office at (662) 842-3887.

Where are sites located?

C.A.S.A. maintains an open door policy and we welcome visitors to stop by and see the sites in action.

Calvary Baptist Church
501 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
(C.A.S.A. is located in the little white house behind the church whose physical address is on Magazine Street – Parking available behind church)

First Presbyterian Church
400 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
(C.A.S.A. operates in the Gymnasium, which is on the Northwest corner of the property – enter the parking lot from Church Street)

First United Methodist Church
412 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
(C.A.S.A. operates in the Christian Life Center – enter the parking lot from Jefferson street, first building on your left)

C.A.S.A. History

In November, 1980 the Spiritual Enrichment Committee of the Community Development Foundation of Tupelo, Mississippi sponsored three Family Life Forums at the Lee County Library. Out of these meetings, the need to provide care for children of working parents, for time after school, was recognized. From interest that extended from this “Latch Key Program” (children who go home to an empty house) a committee was formed from three downtown churches, to provide services. The first Tupelo Churches to answer the call to provide after school care were All Saints Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church.

The first After School program began on Monday, October 5, 1981 and was offered to first through third graders at Church Street Elementary School. Tuition was $10 per month, per child and the fifteen children enrolled walked from Church Street School to First United Methodist Church each school day. Refreshments were provided by women’s organizations of the member churches. A single director was employed.

On faith, the organization grew to include other churches. In November of 1982, First Baptist Church, also in downtown Tupelo, opened its doors to the children at Joyner Elementary School and provided total support for its program. In the fall of 1982, the program was offered to the students at Rankin Elementary, the two sites combined and relocated to First Baptist where fifty children attended each afternoon and the program official organized under the C.A.S.A. name. Harrisburg Baptist Church and Lawndale Presbyterian joined the other churches in providing refreshments, financial support and representation on the Board of Directors. In addition, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian and Harrisburg provided the use of their vans for transportation. The program now employed a director, site supervisor, aide and bus driver.

The beginning of the 1983 school year saw the inclusion of Pierce Street and Thomas Street Elementary schools and the expansion of the program to two sites. All Saints Episcopal Church agreed to provide space within their building and an application for additional funds was made to the United Way of Greater Lee County. A grant was approved and funds provided a significant part of the total revenue.

Calvary Baptist Church offered its facility in the fall of 1984 enabling C.A.S.A. to serve over one hundred students from five of the elementary schools in Tupelo. Transportation was now a significant issue and a grant from United Way allowed for the purchase of an additional church van from East Heights Baptist Church.

In the summer of 1985, C.A.S.A. provided its first all-day summer program. All Saints Episcopal Church provided its facility and insurance and all other expenses were provided from tuition.

Finally, in the fall of 1985, the original goal of the Spiritual Development Committee to serve all children enrolled in Tupelo Elementary Schools was reached. East Heights Baptist Church offered to become a fourth site and serve Lawhon Elementary School. The program, now, had four sites, served six schools, offered transportation from each school to the C.A.S.A. church sites, employed an overall director, four site supervisors, seven aides, three drivers and had an overall operating budget of $40,000. The C.A.S.A. Board of Directors agreed that the economic status of most parents allowed for an increase in tuition. Tuition was increased to a level that all operating expenses could be met and church and private donations were held in reserve to fund partial scholarships based on need.

In the spring of 1988, C.A.S.A. was selected by Leadership Mississippi as one of eight outstanding programs in the state. And, in 1989 C.A.S.A. realized another goal of providing a separate program for children in 5th and 6th grades.

In 2006, C.A.S.A. programing was extended to include school holidays.

Today, C.A.S.A. serves over 200 children from Lee, Pontotoc, and Union counties each year. With an operating budget of over $250,000, C.A.S.A. offers School-Year, Summer and School Holiday programs. A fifty-four and thirty-two passenger bus and a fifteen passenger van are used for transportation and approximately fifteen staff members provide care to children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

C.A.S.A Schedule

Regular School Year Schedule
Monday – Friday, 2:30 to 5:30pm

Summer Schedule
Monday – Friday, 7:30 to 5:30pm

CASA observes the following holidays and is closed:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and the day After
  • Christmas Day and the day After
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Independence Day
  • Memorial Day

60 % School Days – C.A.S.A. will pick up early on these days.

Note: C.A.S.A. does not operate when the Tupelo Public School District closes due to bad weather.