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 9 – Rising to the Top: MS Early Education Programs

Joining us for this month’s Chat About Children is Senator Brice Wiggins, a champion of early childhood education in Mississippi. He discusses the recent doubling of Pre-K funding, as well as Mississippi being one of the top states in the nation for high-quality Pre-K education.

Episode 8 – Critical Areas in Childhood Prevention: What Everyone Needs to Know

How can families teach their kids fire safety and prevent lead poisoning? What effects do secondhand smoke and vaping have on young people? Dr. Mary Currier of UMMC Department of Preventive Medicine facilitates this conversation with experts in fire safety, lung health, and lead poisoning prevention:

Crystal Veazey, Program Director, MSDH Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program
Tammy Peavy, Paige Bailey, and Zach Purvis, Fire Safety Education Officers, Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office
Aleshia Jones, Project Director, Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Harrison County, American Lung Association

Find resources recommended by the presenters here.

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