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

Mississippi State Plan Summary

On July 1, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) will submit their three-year State Plan for how Mississippi will use Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program funding. The CCDF program is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income families to access child care so parents and caregivers can work or attend a job training or … Read more

Meet SECAC Member Dean Bobo

NAME: Dean Bobo CENTER: Magnolia Kindergarten Incorporated TOWN: Batesville, MS HOW LONG WORKING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD: 41 years EDUCATION: Associates degree in Office Admin from Northwest, BA in general Ed from Crighton college in Memphis, TN, MA in Teaching, MA in Early Childhood Ed from North Central University FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Pete the Cat My … Read more

Governor Reeves Proclaims April 10th-16th Week of the Young Child!

It’s Official! Governor Tate Reeves has proclaimed this week as the week of the Young Child in Mississippi. We appreciate the Governor’s support as we celebrate and advocate for young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. This is a wonderful time to raise awareness of children’s issues and to thank and recognize the early educators … Read more

MELA Welcomes Chloe Lake to Our team!

Public Health Communications Expert Brings Necessary Experience to MELA’s work!Jackson, MS – April 6th, 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA) is excited to share that communications professional, Chloe Lake, has joined their team as the new Director, Communications. Lake comes to the team with 8 years of experience working in health communications, six … Read more