February 6th: Early Childhood Capitol Day

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA), along with the members from the Mississippi Forum for the Future (FFtF), will host the fifth annual Mississippi Early Childhood Capitol Day in Jackson, Miss. This year’s event will focus on ways early childhood professionals are supporting young children, families and communities in Mississippi, … Read more

FFtF’s 2023 Teachers’ Wages Survey Results

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Forum for the Future (FFtF), a coalition dedicated to ensuring Mississippi’s child care system is state of the art by 2023, launched a groundbreaking report today shedding light on the challenging working conditions and precarious financial position of child care teachers in the state.      The report, which features an … Read more

Mississippi Business Tax Credits

Mississippi businesses have a  $557 million problem – and if we utilize all the tools at our disposal – I think we can solve it. But first, I want to share a story. Seven years ago, I left a job I loved in the Mississippi Delta and moved back to my hometown, Laurel, Miss., to … Read more

2022-2023 Annual Report

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 … Read more