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Kids Count 2022 Data Book Release

Mississippi Ranks 48th in Overall Child Well-Being 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 Foundation analyzing how children and families are faring. Children in America are also in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling …

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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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CFM Presents at the Second Annual Virtual Resource Conference for Early Childhood Professionals

The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi (CFM) will present alongside 30 other public health organizations and state agencies for a discussion on how early childhood professionals can acquire resources in order to further aid the children they serve.
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Warren County organizations: How CFM Blueprint can support our work with children

The Vicksburg Post spoke with staff from two organizations in Warren County about how the Blueprint can help support their work to improve children’s well-being. Vicksburg YMCA Afterschool and Summer Program Director Dana Tankersley believes that the initiatives laid out in the Blueprint can definitely make an impact in helping their program meet the needs …

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New: Blueprint for Improving the Future of Mississippi’s Children

The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi is thrilled to release the Blueprint for Improving the Future of Mississippi’s Children, a data-driven roadmap toward a better future of all Mississippi’s children. This document is the CFM’s signature project and the result of extensive research and analysis, conducted by our team and graduate students from Harvard T.H. Chan …

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Meet the Harvard Graduate Students Working with CFM in 2021

Since the summer of 2020, the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi has partnered with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University to provide graduate practicums and experiences. This year, the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi will serve as a virtual site for three students. We welcome Muksha Jingree, Himaja Nagireddy and Alyce Norcross. These …

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Op-Ed: Risk & Reach Report Helps Mississippi Invest in Its Future

Darrin Webb, PhD, wrote the foreword to our 2021 Mississippi Risk & Reach Report. The Daily Journal published an Op-Ed adapted from that foreword, in which he writes: This report attempts to quantify the well-being (risks) of children as well as the availability of resources (reach) being provided. This data-driven assessment of the conditions on …

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