TAKE ACTION: Advocate for Pre-K Bill

Senate Bill 2395, the “Early Learning Collaborative Fund”, now has a conference report outlining the final compromise for the bill. The legislation will now have to be approved by both chambers before it reaches the Governor’s desk.  In short, we’re only a few steps away…

House Pre-K Bill Passes!

The MS House of Representatives has passed their version of the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013”. The House and Senate will now have to work out the differences.

PreK Survey 100% Complete!

We’re excited to announce that 100% of our targeted 51 districts have now completed the Mississippi First Title I PreK Survey. We’re already busy cleaning, consolidating, and analyzing the data. Once we get the data in a useful format, we’re going to ask the districts…

Title I Pre-K Survey Update–88% there!

[UPDATED–January 7, 2013, at 3:43 PM] We’re very excited to report that over 88% of our 51 target school districts have already completed our Title I Pre-K Survey (read more about the survey in this post). Here’s the update of whom has started, finished, or been…

Mississippi First’s New Pre-K Research

Since our inception in 2008, Mississippi First has been a strong supporter of pre-K. Our ultimate goal is to get the state of Mississippi to commit state funding for high-quality pre-K programs. To that end, we’ve spent much of the last four years learning about…

Title I Pre-K Survey

Download our “cheat sheet” >>> Preparing for the TItle I Pre-K Survey. About the Survey Mississippi First is conducting exciting new research we are conducting on the use of Title I dollars for pre-Kindergarten programs in Mississippi’s public school districts. This work could have enormous benefits…

MSF Update – October 2012

October 2012 Update In This Issue Pre-Kindergarten Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) MSF in the Media MSF Ole Miss Chapter Coming Soon Executive Director’s Note Mississippi First has been working hard to advance education in the last several months, whether in the Capitol, at…

2012 Legislative Session: The Senate Thus Far

Update on education bills introduced in the Senate With committee assignments already in place, state senators have already started dropping bills.  Several education bills have been referred to the SenateEducation Committee.  Below are two bills that are related to MSF policy goals. Funds for Early…

Early Learning Challenge: Mississippi’s Scores Available Online

Mississippi’s scores and comments from the Early Learning Challenge have been posted to the U.S. Department of Education’s website.  The department also released the rankings of scores, which provided pretty sobering news for the magnolia state.  Of the 37 applications reviewed for this competitive grant,…