Education officials are looking for ways to expand Mississippi’s state-funded early education program. The Department of Education is asking lawmakers for an increase in funding.
State funded pre-k has been a reality in Mississippi for nearly two years, but to date only 11 local programs have received financial backing. Yet, efforts are underway to expand the program known as Early Learning Collaboratives.
Carey Wright is the State Superintendent of Education. She says her department has already asked lawmakers to triple the appropriation for the ELC’s from $3 million to $9 million.
“We had three times as many applications as we did funds last year,” says Wright. “So this coming year we’re going in asking for nine, and hoping that that will be still the three that currently exists, but also six million to expand the collaboratives.”