Early Learning Challenge Winners Announced

Mississippi comes up short.   The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services have just announced the winners of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC).  The grant competition was designed to support states that created high-quality plans to improve early…

PreK: MSF Issue Brief Coming Soon!

Brief Will Examine a Collaborative Pre-K Delivery Model   In the coming weeks, MSF will release the long-awaited Mississippi First pre-K issue brief, Leaving Last in Line: Making Pre-K a Reality in Mississippi.  The brief will address the pressing need for state-funded pre-Kindergarten in Mississippi,…

MSF in the News

Rachel and Sanford Discuss CHART and Pre-K In recent weeks, Rachel and Sanford have been featured in numerous newspaper and radio articles related two of our policy goals: school district adoption of the CHART abstinence-plus policy and statewide adoption of state-funded pre-Kindergarten.  These issues have…

Bounds: Early Learning Essential

By CARMEN K. SISSON  The Dispatch–May 25, 2011 Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of…

Long Time Education Advocates Call For State Pre-K

By Jeffrey Hess  Mississippi Public Broadcasting–April 26, 2011 A new report shows that Mississippi is among a handful of states that does not offer state sponsored pre-kindergarten education. It has been almost 30 years since Mississippi became the last state to offer kindergarten education. MPB’s…

Educators Say Mississippi is Missing Out on Pre-K Education

By Danial Cherry  The Mississippi Public Broadcasting–April 7, 2011 Mississippi is the only state in the South which does not have a state sponsored early childhood education program. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports on what Pre K education could mean for Mississippi and how head start…

K-12 Accountability: State Accountability Labels Released

In September, the State Board of Education released accountability labels for schools and districts based on the previously released 2009-2010 data.  The labels, which brilliant editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey equated to flotation devices, are based on a combination of a school’s “Quality Distribution Index” score,…

Mississippi First Welcomes Ole Miss Thesis Student

This fall, we are pleased to welcome Rachel Willis, a double major Public Policy Leadership and Political Science, who is completing her honors thesis this fall.  A senior from Memphis, TN, Rachel is writing her thesis about whether pre-K collaborations between public schools and non-public…

Pre-K: An Ounce of Prevention

By Ward Schaefer The Jackson Free Press–April 14, 2010 Little Samaritan Montessori is an unusual sight in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood. In an area with high rates of vacancy and a declining population, Little Samaritan represents the future. The child-care center serves 62 children, from 6 weeks…