The mission of Mississippi First is to champion transformative policy solutions ensuring educational excellence for every Mississippi child. We are a leading voice for state-funded pre-K, high-quality public charter schools, and commonsense testing policies. We are also conducting new research to better understand the educator pipeline in Mississippi.

As a policy nonprofit, Mississippi First advances the best education policy ideas through the policy continuum–research and analysis, public awareness and issue education, advocacy (legislative & administrative), implementation, and evaluation.

Our Work: Learn about our policy priorities.


Our Publications: Read our latest reports, papers, and research.


Our Story: We were founded over 10 years ago by two Mississippians.


Mississippi First is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. We are in good standing with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Charities Enforcement Division.

Please note: In August 2019, we learned that there was a Mississippi PAC named Mississippi First PAC. We are in no way affiliated with this PAC. We have trademarked our name “Mississippi First,” and we take policing our trademark seriously. For any questions about our standing or trademark, contact MacKenzie Hines.