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We are a dedicated team of experts who work tirelessly to promote the mission of Mississippi First.

What We Support

We are a leading voice for state-funded pre-K, high-quality public charter schools, strong and sensible standards and accountability policies, high-quality curriculum, and great teachers and leaders.

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As experts in our field, we share our knowledge and insights with policymakers and the public through publications, presentations, and briefings.

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Celebrating Transformative Pre-K

In 2013, the Legislature enacted the Early Learning Collaborative Act, which established Mississippi’s first state-funded pre-K program. Through this program, local community partnerships known as early learning collaboratives (ELCs) offer a high-quality, low- or no-cost pre-K option to families.

Celebrate 10 Years of ELCs with Us

Selecting a New State Leader

Mississippi First has published four characteristics we believe are required of the next state superintendent.

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2021 State of Pre-K

In continuation of the State of Pre-K series, Mississippi First released the 2021 State of Pre-K briefs, which focuses on child outcomes, teacher qualifications, and access to pre-K in Mississippi during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Voices of the Shortage

In our previous report, Nothing in the Pipes, we explained how the rising cost of college attendance and the declining value of teaching salaries may be squeezing aspiring new teachers out of the pipeline. Building on that analysis, we surveyed 6,496 Mississippi teachers to establish the state’s most comprehensive resource for understanding the critical teacher shortage in Mississippi from teachers’ perspectives.

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