Take Action For Mississippi's Children

Our work is driven by the belief that together we can realize greater outcomes for young children than any of us can produce on our own.

Join us for Capitol Day

Early Childhood Capitol Day was a huge success this year! 30 organizations signed up to join us to advocate for Mississippi’s young children and we met with legislators and local leaders from across the state. To learn more about Capitol Day, visit the link below.

Talk to Little Children about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racist Action

At MELA, we believe in Mississippi children’s inherent potential, regardless of race, socio-economic status, family history, physical ability or other distinction. Because continued racism (and the fear, stress, and anxiety that goes with it) harms so many of our children, their families, and in turn, our whole state, we know we cannot ignore it in our work. Unless we tackle the root causes of it and its effects head on, it will continue to be a major stumbling block to our mission– to achieve systemic change leading to the holistic development of Mississippi children in their first 8 years of life. So, we created a guide to help parents, teachers, and caregivers talk about this difficult topic with our young children, regardless of their racial background.  Please use this guide to find MELA-approved books, articles, podcasts, videos, and tips for engaging young children around conversations of race.

Make the Most of Out-Of-School Time!

The more children have positive adult interactions and meaningful play opportunities, the stronger their brains grow! During this uncertain time, we’ve scoured the internet for the best stay-at-home learning FREE resources for parents, grandparents, and any caregivers wanting to use at-home time for fun AND learning. It’s targeted for children 2-8!

Make Sure All Kids Are Counted in the 2020 Census

When we miss young children in the census, it has serious consequences for all of Mississippi, including families and communities – with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years.

With the 2020 census finally here it is time to make sure we count all our children!
Make sure to count every child in your household (even babies!) And know that your  personal information will be kept confidential!

Celebrate Week of the Young Child

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and other national early childhood education groups set the week of April 13-17 as the Week of the Young Child. We at MELA along with our Early Childhood partners across the state encouraged Governor Tate Reeves to sign a proclaimation naming the same week in Mississippi so that we could celebrate and honor childcare workers, teachers, and children across the state. We look forward to 2021 and next year’s event.