2022-2023 Annual Report

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MELA presents the third annual progress report for the 2022-2023 reporting year.

The Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA) was created to build, strengthen, and support coalitions to advocate for systems change to improve early learning and child development outcomes in the state of Mississippi. Each year, MELA pulls together an annual report to discuss the critical work accomplished and activities held over the previous reporting period (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). 

Reporting Highlights

  • September 2022: Working Group submits recommendations for a new statewide Quality Support System (QSS) for childcare to MS Department of Human Services
  • November 2022: Steering Committee establishes the outcomes and measures that describe and define a State-of-the-Art childcare system, with input from broader early childhood community
  •  January 2023: Share messaging about Mississippi Forum For The Future’s vision for a State-of-the-Art childcare system at Early Childhood Development Capitol Day 2023
  • January 2023: Steering Committee champions the work of Mississippi Forum For The Future and engages cross-sector partners to create a community-informed Common Agenda
  • May 2023: Mississippi Forum For The Future (FFtF) Summit hosted over 85 attendees, where MELA shared the Common Agenda, defined what it means to be a member of FFtF, and launched three new working groups