The Latest from MELA

Join us for 2021 Capitol Day

This year’s virtual Early Childhood Capitol Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 will bring Mississippians together to advocate, learn about, and support our state’s young children. Through issue round tables, virtual legislator meet-ups, and opportunities to meet and learn from one another, we will Power The Future for Mississippi! Register to attend … Read more

Childcare Providers May Now Apply for Child Care Strong Grants!

A couple weeks ago, we shared a one-page reference guide for the Child Care Strong Grants in Mississippi. These grants come from federal American Rescue Plan funding, and are designed to help childcare providers with operating expenses. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is responsible for administering these grants. When we shared our reference … Read more

MDHS Announces Child Care Strong Grants

Recently, MDHS shared the process for applying for Child Care Stabilization funds, called Child Care Strong in Mississippi! MELA wanted to make the eligibility process easy to understand, so we created this one-pager for reference.

2022 Virtual Capitol Day is in the works!

The Mississippi Early Learning Alliance is working with partners from Mississippi First, Mississippi State University-Meridian, the Mississippi Early Childhood Association and childcare centers to host our third annual Early Childhood Development Day at the Mississippi Capitol! This year, we’re focusing on a key part of early childhood development and education: childcare.  The 2022 Early Childhood Development Capitol Day is designed to: Provide … Read more

Faith Leaders: Celebrate Mississippi Children’s Sabbath with Us!

Children’s Sabbath is a national, multi-faith event that asks places of worship across the country to spend a week focusing their prayers, worship, education programs, and acts of service on the urgent problems facing our nation’s children. This nationwide celebration is designed to unite people of all faiths around a common cause: building communities that … Read more