For Mississippi to reach its potential, our children must reach theirs.
Have you Heard about Mississippi LIFT (Learning Investment for Tomorrow)? The Mississippi LIFT project is funded by the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) Renewal. The PDG B-5 Grant is based on the strategic plan developed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) Division of Early Childhood Care and Development and other partners, including the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC), The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, and Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center (SSRC).
Mississippi LIFT invests in families, communities, and child care providers with sound educational resources for our littlest Mississippians. By offering training, employment incentives, and support for early child care teachers, Mississippi LIFT sustains families with free at-home learning and child care services by providing safe, evidence-based educational and lifestyle resources from birth to age five.
Early investment can transform the lives of children living in underserved populations, poverty, rural areas, and with disabilities. Mississippi's future depends on sustained funding of these early childhood education and development programs. Our fate is in the hands of the next generation.
We’re excited to partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for its 2023 KIDS COUNT Data Book release! The Data Book tracks child well-being across the country and how our state is working for kids. In addition to the latest data and an analysis of well-being trends, this year’s report explores child care and opportunities to build a better system for both families and providers.