MELA exists to build, strengthen, and support coalitions to advocate for systems change to improve early learning and child development outcomes in our state.

The first 8 years of a child’s life are critically important.

During their first years of life, children’s brains and bodies are growing and changing rapidly. Brain development during their early years, paired with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they learn at the same time, will influence their lifelong health and success. The first 8 years of a child’s life can build the foundation for future learning, health, and economic stability.

When our children thrive, our state will thrive.

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.

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Working together is the only way to make lasting change.

We believe that the most impactful change can happen when two things happen: first, decision-makers must engage with parents, early childhood professionals, and other community members to understand the complexities of their lives. Second, a diverse group of stakeholders – state leaders, practitioners, business leaders, subject matter experts, and more – must work together to create and implement solutions that meet the needs of children and families in Mississippi.

Looking for information about Forum for the Future?

The Mississippi Early Learning Alliance serves as the backbone behind Forum for the Future, a movement to transform the early care and education system in Mississippi. More specifically, Forum for the Future is a coalition of childcare providers, early childhood organizations, business leaders, and policymakers working to break down silos and leverage our combined resources and expertise to accomplish commons goals. Right now, the common goal is: By 2030, Mississippi’s childcare system will be state-of-the-art, fueled by robust data, resources, and cross-sector collaboration to meet the needs of all children & families.

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