The report link is being updated as corrections are submitted. Due to weather closing the office we have had to delay the release of the data and full summary report until next week. Updated: 3/6/2015
Mississippi First announces the release of their ground-breaking report titled, The State of Public Pre-K in Mississippi (2011-2012). This is the first Mississippi report to attempt to quantify publicly funded pre-K access in every Mississippi community.
Mississippi First has been an advocate for early childhood education in Mississippi since our founding in 2008. In January 2012, Mississippi First published Leaving Last in Line, an issue brief advocating for a state-funded pre-K program using collaborative delivery. Later that year, Mississippi First released the Title I Pre-K Preliminary Report. The Preliminary Report answered basic program-level questions about pre-K in public schools that no data source could then answer. The State of Public Pre-K in Mississippi is a follow-up to the Preliminary Report. It provides more detailed programmatic and contextual data about public school pre-K programs and the communities they serve.
“This report finds that while publicly funded pre-K was widespread in 2011-2012, families faced varying levels of access depending on their zip code. Stronger collaborations between public and private early education providers such as those funded through the state pre-K program can help close the access gap in many places,” stated Angela Bass, Deputy Director of Policy.
The report is organized by county and school district. On the county pages of the report, Mississippi First includes county-wide demographic data as well as district-wide financial, accountability, and demographic data. The pre-K data pages include enrollment data reported by representatives from Head Start and the school districts as well as programmatic data about public school pre-K.
The full report can be found online at http://www.mississippifirst.org/education-policy/pre-kindergarten/msf-prek-publications. The data set that underlies the report will be available on Mississippi First’s website by March 6.