For Mississippi to reach its potential, our children must reach theirs.
Mississippi was recently awarded a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) Renewal totaling over $30 million, which will be disbursed over the next three years to improve access to high-quality early child care and education programs.
The grant will allow for the creation of a new Quality Support System with input from parents and providers focused on strengthening family and provider input to ensure Mississippi’s early care and education system is more responsive to all children and families’ needs.
It will also fund a new grant opportunity to address Child Care deserts and low-income communities’ opportunity for local public-private strategies to increase compensation and create new pathways for recruitment into the early childhood care workforce.
Grant Information Source: MDHS
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.