Mississippi

Our allies in Mississippi have focused relentlessly — and increasingly successfully — on building support and momentum for pre-k in the state. 

State Allies:

Mississippi First • Jackson, MS
Mississippi First • Jackson, MS
Top Priorities for 2020

Increase the per-pupil funding for pre-k from $4,300 to $5,000

Expand the state-funded pre-k program to reach 25% of kids within the next five years

Build a deep bench of legislative champions

In 2019, Mississippi First advocated for state pre-k programs in the state budget and acquired a commitment of nearly $6.7 million, more than double the funding from 2013.

  • Worked with current state-funded early learning collaboratives to create an environment ripe for state-funded pre-k expansion
  • Published a comprehensive pre-k briefing book and met one-on-one with state candidates
  • Successfully inspired the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General candidates to make pre-k part of their campaign platforms

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Mississippi early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

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