The Latest from MELA

MELA Executive Director Named to Mississippi Department of Education

We at MELA are thrilled to share that our Executive Director, Dr. Angela S. Bass was appointed to the Mississippi Department of Education by Governor Reeves. We know firsthand how committed Dr. Bass is to the children of Mississippi and cannot imagine a better person to serve as a board member to guide the Department … Read more

Don’t Miss the EdsUp! Podcast

EdsUp! is a podcast from MELA partner the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of Mississippi. It’s all about children and those who care for them. Hosted by Dr. Cathy Grace and Dr. Melody Musgrove explore education and public policy issues with practical advice for parents, teachers and decision-makers. Each … Read more

The State of PreK in Mississippi

One of the founding issues of MELA partner Mississippi First is publicly funded PreK. Find a great deal of information about the state of PreK in Mississippi, how to apply for a state funded PreK collaborative, or how to support PreK in your community by taking advantage of the 1:1 PreK state tax credit on … Read more

MELA Partner releases report about connection between child care and Mississippi economy

“The Chamber Foundation partnered with the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi on this report to better understand the unique needs of Mississippi’s working parents and how childcare breakdowns impact working parents, their employers, and the state economy. Mississippi families are pursuing postsecondary education and training programs to advance their careers and … Read more