By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississippi is one of 10 states competing for a share of $50M in federal funds to strengthen early childhood education. The awards should be revealed by Dec. 31.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Mississippi plans to compete for the federal funds – despite the fact it lacks a statewide pre-K program.
Mississippi is one of 10 states and the only Southern state with no universal early education program, according to Pre-K Now, an organization that advocates for universal, state-funded early education programs.
But three other states without universal pre-K – Hawaii, Wyoming and Idaho – are competing for Race to the Top funds.
Some educators and advocates say Mississippi in a good position to win, because of efforts under way to improve early childhood education in the state.