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Early Childhood Council Planning Grant Award Announcement

As a follow-up to the “Untapped Potential: How Childcare and Early Education Impacts Mississippi’s State Economy” Summit held in March 2022, the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi announced planning grant opportunities for community based Early Childhood Councils.  We are thrilled to announce the following recipients of these planning grants: Oakland Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Mayor’s …

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2nd Annual Summit – Tapping into our Potential

Mark your calendars! On January 18, 2023, CFM will be holding our second annual Summit— Untapped Potential Part 2: Tapping into our Potential. Scan the QR code or visit our website to sign up for our newsletter so you can stay up-to-date as we release more information! For Mississippi to reach its potential, our children …

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. NCOAM’s purpose is to raise awareness about childhood obesity because, in most cases, it’s preventable. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that once were only seen in adults, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and …

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! NCCAM’s purpose is rooted in supporting those affected by childhood cancer as well as the fight to end this disease. In 2012, President Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. This is due to Cancer being the leading cause of …

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Meet our HSPH Summer 2022 Fellows!

CFM is excited to introduce our two HSPH Fellows that will be working with us throughout this summer ’22, Amit Kumar and Rosie Batista! Rosie and Amit are graduate students at the Harvard T.H. Chan school of public health and will be spending their fellowship with us working on two distinct but complementary policy briefs …

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Kids Count 2022 Data Book Release

Mississippi Ranks 48th in Overall Child Well-Being JACKSON, MS- Mississippi ranks 48th in child well-being according to the 2022 KIDS COUNT®Data Book, a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundationanalyzing how children and families are faring. Children in America are also in the midst of a mental health crisis, …

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! NIAM is an annual observance that highlights the importance of the role of vaccines in protecting public health.  Mississippi is one of few states that requires all children entering school (from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade) to have the DTaP, Hepatitis B, Polio, MMR, and Chickenpox vaccines. Because of this requirement, more …

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Employers and Employees Agree on Need for Child Care in Mississippi

Key Takeaways:  The Mississippi Economic Council’s yearly state-wide assessment lists childcare as one key challenge for both employers and employees. Mississippi’s lack of accessible childcare affects employers and employees and may lead to a less skilled workforce and lowered rates of employee retention. Childcare issues result in an estimated $673 million loss annually for Mississippi’s …

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The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi Hosts Summit Discussing the Impacts Childcare and Early Education Have on the State’s Economy

Groundbreaking research inspired CFM, with support and sponsorship from the Phil Hardin Foundation (PHF) and MEC, to host a summit focused on sharing insights and connecting business and policy leaders in order to increase awareness about the importance of quality childcare.
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Children’s Foundation of MS Debuts New Policy Briefs Showing the Value of Early Investment in Children

What We Can Learn from Other States The foundations that young children build in the earliest stages of life help determine their future abilities to thrive. Mississippi could improve outcomes for young children-and for our state as a whole-by providing additional state resources to increase families’ access to early intervention supports. This brief examines which …

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