• Early Education

This toolkit focuses on starting a state-funded early learning collaborative (ELC) program. Learn about the different types of state-funded pre-K programs and what steps you should take when considering starting a specific program. Being able to operate a state-funded collaborative pre-K program is dependent on state funding appropriated by the legislature. The application process for starting an ELC is managed by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)

Last updated in June 2022


rachel canter

Rachel Canter

Executive Director

Rachel Canter is the Executive Director of Mississippi First and author of additional Mississippi First reports, including Leaving Last in Line and the Keeping the Promise briefs. Rachel co-founded Mississippi First in 2008.