Chat About Children
Along with the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy, we’ve created Chat About Children, a video interview series connecting viewers with system leaders who affect the wellbeing of children in Mississippi.
Opinions expressed by guests are not necessarily shared by the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi.
Episode 7 – Mississippi’s Risk & Reach Report
Ben Walker of the MSU Social Science Research Center and Dr. Linda Southward, Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, collaborated on producing Mississippi’s first-ever Risk & Reach Report. This report maps by county the greatest risk factors and protective factors for our state’s children and youth, pinpointing areas in need of services and support resources. Children’s Foundation Board Member Yumeka Rushing facilitates this Chat.
Episode 6 – Child Abuse, Neglect, & Endangerment
Judge Trent Favre from the Hancock County Court and Cynthia Chauvin, Executive Director at CASA of Hancock County, discuss child abuse, neglect and child welfare. They also talk about the increase during the pandemic and holidays, as well as ideas about how to prevent it.
Episode 5 – Early Learning Collaboratives in Mississippi
Dr. Jill Dent of the Mississippi Department of Education and Jennifer Calvert from the Monroe Early Learning Collaborative talk about Early Learning Collaboratives—innovative partnerships designed to give Mississippi kids the best foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Episode 4 – COVID and Children
Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Department of Health State Health Officer, shares a deep dive on data and tips on what parents and guardians need to know about COVID-19 and children.
Episode 3 – Childcare during COVID-19
This edition of Chat About Children addresses questions around childcare during COVID-19. Childcare is an essential component for supporting Mississippi’s workforce. Join featuring Andrea Sanders, J.D. and Chad Allgood Ph.D., of Mississippi Department of Human Services, and Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Department of Health State Health Officer.
Episode 2 – The U.S. Census
Important information about the U.S. Census, its impact on Mississippi kids, and what you can do to make sure our state receives a complete count. Featuring a panel with Mississippi NAACP Executive Director Corey Wiggins, Mississippi Census Complete Count Committee chair Sen. Giles Ward (ret.), and Dr. John Green with the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies.
Episode 1 – COVID and Education
Dr. Carly Wright, Mississippi State Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Carla J. Evers, Superintendent of Pass Christian Public School District