On February 23, Mississippi First released a ground-breaking report titled, The State of Public Pre-Kindergarten in Mississippi (2011-2012). This was the first Mississippi report to attempt to quantify publicly funded pre-K access in every Mississippi community. In partnership with this report, Mississippi First released two additional analyses about the state of publicly funded pre-K in Mississippi in 2011-2012, as well as the data sets used to compile the original report.
The first analysis discusses the relationship between public pre-K access and poverty. Executive Director Rachel Canter explains that as the poverty level in a Mississippi school district increases so do access to publically funded pre-K, on average. This relationship is driven by the availability of Head Start in Mississippi. The second analysis by Deputy Director of Policy Angela Bass outlines the relationship between publicly funded pre-K access and geography in Mississippi.
“Both of these analyses will help stakeholders prioritize advocacy efforts and help education leaders discover areas for improvement,” stated Rachel Canter.
The full report, additional analyses, and data sets can be found here: http://www.mississippifirst.org/education-policy/pre-kindergarten/msf-prek-publications/.