Early Childhood Development Capitol Day

Early Childhood Development

Capitol Day 2022

The Mississippi Early Learning Alliance worked with partners from Mississippi FirstMississippi State University-Meridian, the Mississippi Early Childhood Association and childcare centers to host our third annual Early Childhood Development Day at the Capitol on January 18, 2022. This year, we focused on a key part of early childhood development and education: childcare

This year’s virtual event featured over a dozen special guests: speakers from seven different organizations hosted sessions, a total of eight Mississippi legislators participated in either our pre-recorded panel discussion or our regional discussion sessions, and childcare providers from around the state shared their perspectives throughout the day, and in our Childcare Issues and Opportunities in Mississippi video prepared specifically for this event.

Capitol Day 2022 Videos:

Childcare Issues & Opportunities in Mississippi

One of our goals for our 2022 Capitol Day was to highlight childcare issues and opportunities in Mississippi, and to engage with legislators around these topics. Of course, we at MELA recognize that childcare providers don’t need us to speak for them, so we recorded interviews with several childcare providers and early childhood professionals in order to amplify their voices and perspectives.

The video explores several key topics with childcare providers across the state, including:

  • the critical importance of education-focused childcare for young children (starting with children ages 0-3)
  • the potential benefits of integrating childcare with existing programs and infrastructure, such as the Early Learning Collaboratives
  • the challenges of giving educators the resources and compensation they need while maintaining affordable rates for families
  • The ways that providers are stepping up to meet the needs of Mississippi children and families, despite various challenges

We created this video for use with Mississippi legislators, in conjunction with our 2022 Early Childhood Development Capitol Day. However, Mississippi parents’ ability to find and afford consistent, education-focused childcare affects us all – from parents to teachers to business owners and more. Watch the video below to learn more!

Mississippi Legislator Panel

MELA pre-recorded a panel with Mississippi legislators to get their thoughts on several key topics within early education and childcare. Our panel features Representative Kent McCarty and Representative John Hines. Representative McCarty serves District 101 (Lamar county), and was selected because of his position as Vice Chairman of the House Education Committee. Representative Hines serves district 50 (Bolivar, Issaquena, Washington), and was selected for his membership in the House Public Health and Human Services committee. The questions we asked our panel members are designed to reference our Childcare Issues & Opportunities video, as well as feedback and questions we’ve heard from childcare providers and early childhood advocates across the state.

We’re proud of our Capitol Day tradition.

Check out these photos from our 2021 Virtual Capitol day!

Photos from 2020 Early Childhood Development Capitol Day

About 30 Mississippi Early Childhood health, development, and educational organizations joined us for the Inaugural Capitol Day.
Check out our photos from this year’s event below.

2020 Capitol Day Tablers