Posts Tagged ‘early childhood education’

Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to […] [...]

State-funded prekindergarten program moves forward

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill to create Mississippi’s first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form. House Bill 781 would create a voluntary program for 4-year-olds in some parts of the state. A similar Senate bill passed last week. Both bills call for consortiums to be set up between child care centers, […] [...]

Preschool bills clear committees in both state houses

JACKSON — Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures to set up classes for four-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate. Both House Bill 781 and Senate Bill 2395 call for local groups to set up consortiums […] [...]

Rachel Canter on doing the right thing

Rachel Canter is executive director of Mississippi First. A Starkville native, she has a B.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Q —How did Mississippi First get its start? A —In 2002, Sanford Johnson, my co-founder, and I each had summer internships in Jackson. We would […] [...]

Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The […] [...]

State hoping for grant to build preschool system

JACKSON — Parents would receive matching funds to send their children to better preschools. Preschool teachers would receive financial incentives to enhance their education. Those are just two elements of a proposal to improve early child education in the state if Mississippi is awarded up to $50 million in the federal Race to the Top […] [...]

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