41 states have state-funded pre-K. Mississippi approved their first pre-K collaboratives in 2014.
In 2011-2012, more than 1.3 million children nationwide attended state-funded pre-K. 1.1 million of those children were age 4.
34% (51 of 152) of Mississippi school districts budgeted a combined $12,419,196.40 in Title I dollars for pre-K services in the 2011-2012 school year.
Today, there are 18 state-funded early learning collaboratives in Mississippi.
Mississippi First believes pre-K can play a critical role in closing the achievement gap while raising achievement for all learners. Research supporting the positive impact of pre-K has fueled the proliferation of state-funded pre-K programs across the country. Mississippi First is an active advocate for pre-K in the state of Mississippi and has worked hard over the years to assist with passing legislation that supports early childhood education and promotes state-funded pre-K.
In 2012, MSF authored the issue brief, Leaving Last in Line, which established the framework for the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013. The new law, authored by Senator Brice Wiggins and Representative Toby Barker, is the first-ever state-funded pre-K program in Mississippi. Today, MSF provides technical assistance to the Mississippi Department of Education as it implements the law.
- Best Practices in Early Learning
National early learning benchmarks and research, along with successful state collaborative programs
- Early Learning in Mississippi
News and information about Mississippi’s early education and childcare stakeholders
- Pre-K 1:1 Tax Credit
Learn more about how to take advantage of the 1:1 tax credit offered to Mississippians who donate to approved state-funded early learning collaboratives
- MSF Pre-K Publications
MSF developed resources and publications about early education in Mississippi
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Pre-K Blog Posts
Jackson, MS—Today, Mississippi First officially launched the Raise the Rate campaign at the Capitol. During the 2020 legislative session, Mississippi First will be working with partners, collaboratives, and legislators to raise the pre-K funding rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child for early learning collaborative...
Today, Mississippi First released Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi, a report revealing public perceptions of the issues that Mississippi First supports as well as perceptions of the broader public education context in Mississippi. The report is based on the responses of...
For more information on the pre-K tax credit, visit the Pre-K Tax Credit page on the Mississippi First website. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016 JACKSON, Miss. – Individuals or corporations donated...
Today, Mississippi First released the second report in its ground-breaking series, The State of Pre-K in Mississippi, which focuses on pre-K access and quality in Mississippi. The report released today—The State of Pre-K in Mississippi (2014-2015)—updates our 2011-2012 report on public pre-K and expands it...