Blueprint for Success

While it is common to hear discussions among decision-makers, advocates, parents, and researchers about the challenges Mississippi’s children face, there is no statewide plan to address these. Mississippi has the opportunity to become known as a state that will do what it takes to enable our children to reach their potential. The Children’s Foundation is excited to be working on a blueprint that can guide the state toward the best possible future for all of our children.

One of our first signature projects is the development of a Blueprint, focused on the needs of children from 0-18 years of age.  Strategic planning began last year to determine the best ways to seek input from a wide array of stakeholders across the state. The goal is to identify the top challenges facing Mississippi’s children and then determine what is feasible. Through our research partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, two research fellows—Fortunate Chifamba and Penny Sun—spent the summer interviewing leaders across Mississippi who have the knowledge and experience to provide meaningful input regarding priority areas to address. Their work is on-going, and they are analyzing data from the interviews and online surveys. The Harvard research fellows have begun to identify recurring themes from the interviews. The data from these will be used with other primary and extant data to focus the CFM’s work to those areas of greatest need.