Mississippi First is proud of our many accomplishments since our founding. Some of our major wins include the following:
Passing the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013: Mississippi First is proud to have proposed and drafted the legislation establishing the state’s pre-K program. The National Institute for Early Education Research ranks Mississippi’s program among the top ten programs in the country for quality. Annually, children in the program are twice as likely to be ready for kindergarten as the average Mississippi child.
Passing the Mississippi Charter Schools Act: Mississippi First was one of the lead organizations that advocated for the passage of the Mississippi Charter Schools Act. We served as an expert advisor to the legislature in drafting the law and helped the sector start after the law’s passage.
Serving as a leading voice for standards and accountability: Mississippi First was the leading advocacy voice supporting the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards. Today, we continue to protect Mississippi’s high standards, aligned assessments, and transparent accountability system. This foundation underpins Mississippi’s stellar NAEP gains.
Creating other nonprofits: Mississippi First has directly supported other nonprofits in their critical founding years. Most recently, we created and launched Teen Health Mississippi, which is now an independent nonprofit.