On December 20, the Mississippi Board of Education awarded competitive Early Learning Collaborative funding to 11 collaboratives for a total of $8,437,825.40 over the next 3 years. The purpose of the Early Learning Collaborative awards is to support and facilitate the implementation of voluntary prekindergarten (preK) programs as specified in the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013. The following collaboratives were awarded funding:

  • Clarke County Early Learning
  • Coahoma County Pre-K Collaborative Initiative
  • Corinth-Alcorn Prentiss Early Learning Collaborative
  • DeSoto County Early Learning Collaborative
  • Gilmore Early Learning Initiative Collaborative
  • Lamar County Early Learning Collaborative
  • McComb Community Collaborative for Early Learning Success
  • Petal Early Learning Collaborative
  • Picayune School District
  • Sunflower County Early Learning Collaborative
  • Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance

Mississippi First believes preK can play a critical role in closing the achievement gap while raising achievement for all learners. Research supporting the positive impact of preK has fueled the proliferation of state-funded preK programs across the country. For more information and for best practices in early education, visit the Mississippi First preK resource page.