Early Childhood Councils

To begin designing a better future, CFM has proudly undertaken signature initiatives to “turn the curve” for children and youth in Mississippi. Recognizing that no one knows what a community needs more than the members of the community itself, the CFM has launched planning grants to establish Early Childhood Councils at the local level. We are hopeful of expanding this program statewide over the next several years. Keep reading to learn more about some of our 2023 Early Childhood Council Planning Grant awardees, and download the PDF below to learn more about ECCs. Please email info@childrensfoundationms.org if you’re interested in starting or joining one!

Hattiesburg Excel By 5

“Our council wants to bring people together to grow community understanding about the first five years of development.  The funds provided through the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi will give us the opportunity to purchase educational materials and to host events for different groups in Hattiesburg.”

Dr. Kathy Chase Young,
Chair of the Steering Committee

United Way of Northeast MS

Rebecca Nelson, Director of Community Impact

“United Way NEMS is thrilled to be supporting Chickasaw County in the establishment of an Early Childhood Coalition. The foundation for a coalition is already in place, and it will be our role to assist in convening stakeholders and launching a program of the coalition’s choice. We are confident that Chickasaw County will be successful in this new endeavor to help their children thrive in the early years of their education.”