Mississippi First, along with the Committee for Economic Development, hosted “Incentives for Investing in Pre-K” on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at the University of Southern Mississippi. The program educated the public on the importance of quality pre-K education in Mississippi, outlined the economic benefits of pre-K, reviewed the Early Learning preKevent2Collaborative Act of 2013, and explained how you can take advantage of the Mississippi state tax credit.

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 (pre-K) 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

Please feel free to contact Deputy Director of Policy Angela Bass at Mississippi First by e-mail at angela@mississippifirst.org or by phone at 601.398.9008 if you have any additional questions about the event or are interested in pre-K in Mississippi.

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