Economics of Early Research
Research by Professor James Heckman, a Nobel laureate in economics, shows that investing in quality early learning programs is the most efficient way to affect school and life success and reduce social expenditures later. For the at-risk population, quality early learning programs can result in reduced costs later on special education, remedial classes, and even incarceration. See our Return on Investment page to learn more.
Community Based Efforts
With over 80 percent of Mississippi’s four year olds and about two-thirds of all children in some sort of licensed child care facility, the infrastructure is in place to systematically ensure all children are able to start kindergarten ready to learn. Examples of how local communities are pulling together their multiple early childcare related resources to reach this objective can be found in the Excel By 5 and The Gilmore Foundation program information on our Community Based Efforts page.
State Level Programs
Visit our State Level Programs page to find out more information about the State Early Childhood Advisory Council of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Education’s preschool policies and programs.
Every state depends on multiple sources of federal funding to implement their early childhood educational efforts. In Mississippi, nearly one-quarter of a billion dollars is targeted toward the early childcare and education of children aged birth to five years old.