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

Ms FFtF Member Progress Meeting

We invite you to join us Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. to hear all the exciting things happening within the Forum since the Forum For The Future Summit in May. The Working Group Co-Chairs and Members have done some vital work. We will hear from Dr. Cathy Grace and Dr. Heather Hanna about … Read more

MELA is thrilled to introduce two new teammates to our coalition partners

The Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA) is excited to announce two new members to the MELA team, Alexis Hicks and Mindy Phillips. Both Phillips and Hicks bring vital experience and connections to the important coalition-building work that MELA has undertaken for the past four years. Hicks has joined MELA in an entirely new role dedicated … Read more

Childcare Teachers! Share your Input!

A group of child care advocates, researchers, and providers with the Mississippi Forum for the Future is seeking the input of child care teachers regarding their wages using a survey. The goal of the Mississippi Child Care Teacher Wages Survey is to better understand the wages and other supports needed to 1) improve job satisfaction and recruitment of child care teachers, 2) … Read more