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.
In December 2013, the first round of the Early Learning Collaborative awards were given to 11 different collaboratives from around the state.
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.
Read the full report and the executive summary.
MSF Pre-K Publications
MSF developed resources and publications about early education in Mississippi
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
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Pre-K Blog Posts
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...
NEWS RELEASE from the Mississippi Department of Education For Immediate Release: November 10, 2016 State Board Approves Four Additional Early Learning Collaboratives Preschool Programs JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Board of Education voted today to add four new early learning collaboratives (ELC) to the...
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...
On October 13, 2014, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) submitted Mississippi’s official application for the federal Preschool Development Grant. The purpose of this grant was to fund the development of state preschool programs in states with less than 10% of eligible four-year-olds in such...