High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Mississippi, which serve more than 100,000 children and families.
“Early childhood education [is] a key investment. It is important to have a skilled workforce, and education leads to fewer drop-outs, lower crime rates, and less poverty in our neighborhoods. This is an area where everyone benefits.” – Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)
“Early childhood education dramatically helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school. Programs like these are helping move Mississippi forward.” – Representative David Baria (D-MS)