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.

Pre-Kindergarten Resources

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

Pre-K Blog Posts

MSF Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi

March 8, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
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...

MDE: Donors Contributed Nearly $1.6 million to Early Learning Collaboratives in 2016

February 9, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
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...

Mississippi First Releases Second State of Pre-K Report

January 5, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
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...

MDE Approves 4 Additional Early Learning Collaboratives

November 17, 2016 by MacKenzie Stroh
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...