Message from Leadership
Last fiscal year was another success for Mississippi First. In our education work, we continued to advocate for high-quality, state-funded pre-K and charter schools, while keeping our finger on the pulse of other educational topics, including school funding. Our biggest highlight was launching a major pre-K report in January. Our State of Pre-K
report updated our 2015 report on public pre-K and expanded it to include information about licensed childcare centers serving four-year-old children. This report was the state’s first to quantify pre-K access—whether public or private—in every Mississippi community. We also released the results of our statewide educational
opinion poll in Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi.
Our teen health work also had an important year. We continued to expand our teen health team to include a Director of Youth Programs and a Director of Education and Training. With the addition of these two new roles, our teen health work is now reaching more communities across the state. The expansion of the teen health team has also led to a monumental strategic decision: over the next year, we will be working to make Teen Health Mississippi a stand-alone non-profit organization operating under its own board and policies. What an exciting step for our teen health staff!
In 2018, we will be celebrating 10 years! We will continue to update you on our progress and how you can participate in this huge organizational milestone with us. Thank you for your support, leadership, and friendship.
View our past Mississippi First annual reports: