Our Mission

MELA drives collective impact with diverse stakeholders to achieve systemic change leading to the holistic development of Mississippi children in their first 8 years of life.

Development in the early years of a child’s life are the most important for their lifelong health and success. Strong development in the first 8 years of life can build a foundation for future learning, health, and economic stability.

That’s why we believe that improving outcomes for children is a public issue for which everyone is responsible. The holistic development of Mississippi’s children is the single most important accomplishment we can achieve to improve the quality of life in our state.

We believe that the most impactful change can happen (1) when decision-makers engage with communities and understand the complexities that impact the lives of children and (2) when a diverse group of stakeholders – state leaders, practitioners, and community members – work together to create solutions and drive for change.

Let’s Talk about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racist Action with Little Kids- A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators

LetsTalkRacewithLittleKidsFinalDownload At MELA, we believe in Mississippi children’s inherent potential, regardless of race, socio-economic status, family history, physical ability or other distinction.Because continued Racism (and the fear, stress, and anxiety that...

MS Early Learning Resources Partners with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the UM Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning to give FREE Touchless Thermometers for Childcare Centers

If you haven't already signed up and you represent a childcare facility in Mississippi, please become a member of Shared Services at https://www.msearlylearningresources.org If you represent a childcare center in Mississippi, please use these links to sign up for a...

Mississippi Early Learning Resources is launched!

 MS Early Learning Alliance Partners with CCA For Social Good to Support Child Care Business Success During Crisis Child Care Businesses Platform Provides Thousands of Tools and Resources to Support High Quality Child Care  CCA For Social...

Mississippi Recognized as a top state for High Quality PreK!

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recognized Mississippi in its latest report on pre-K quality as one of only four states whose publicly funded pre-K program meets all 10 of NIEER’s new quality standards for early childhood education. The...