Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

This fall, we surveyed all the Mississippi early learning collaboratives to get a clearer picture of the challenges and successes they experienced during the COVID crisis in the 2020-2021 school year. The information collected was published in our newest report titled, Resilience: Pandemic Impact on Early Learning Collaboratives (2020-2021). We gathered information in six key…

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Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Today, we are excited to release our policy vision, “The Future of Schools: Supporting Families, Teachers, and Students.” This publication details three ways that Mississippi First believes we can change with the times in order to better serve all of our students.  Families: Align and Extend the School Day and School Year Juggling school and…

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The Future of Schools: Policy Vision

Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

Mississippi First releases a third 2021 pre-K research brief demonstrating the benefits of pre-K for children living in poverty. Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s Leaving Last in Line, we recommended…

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Poverty and Pre-K Access in Mississippi

MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!

School districts have had to grapple with a host of new communications challenges this year. The best way to navigate the new school year is by learning best practices for communications from districts across the state. To support Mississippi school districts, we are excited to announce the publication of Learning from the Moment: District Communications…

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MSF releases a new resource to support district communications!

Learning More About Teacher Preparation: The Latest Title II Data

This analysis provides a follow-up to teacher preparation trends discussed in Mississippi First’s Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi, which was published in December 2020 and represents our first major report on the ongoing teacher shortage in Mississippi. In Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi, we make the case that the…

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Learning More About Teacher Preparation: The Latest Title II Data

New Pre-K Research: Early Learning Collaborative Increase Quality and Access

Today, Mississippi First is releasing two pre-K research briefs demonstrating the positive impact Early Learning Collaboratives have had on the Mississippi pre-K landscape since 2013.  Since our founding, Mississippi First has known access to high-quality, no- and low-cost pre-K in Mississippi would be a game-changer for our youngest learners. In our first pre-K publication, 2012’s…

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New Pre-K Research: Early Learning Collaborative Increase Quality and Access

A New Report Detailing the Educator Pipeline Crisis in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss.— Today, Mississippi First released their newest report titled Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi. In recent years, a new problem in a decades-old challenge has emerged: the number of new Mississippi teachers has sharply declined, exacerbating the teacher shortage and threatening the success of public education in Mississippi. This new report…

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A New Report Detailing the Educator Pipeline Crisis in Mississippi