The largely poor and rural state of Mississippi suffers from the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country, along with some of the lowest scores on standardized tests. A legacy of racism and segregation are among the roadblocks that keep the children of Mississippi from reaching their full potential. See all our Special Reports

‘The first time I got shot, I was in fifth grade’

Tommie Mabry, who was kicked out of Whitten Prep, told young men there to let music like that of Lil Boosie be the “passion of your ear, not…

Making sense of the child care crisis in Mississippi

Can we raise teacher, program quality for the state’s youngest learners?

High turnover and low pay for employees may undermine state’s child care system

This article is the third in a series investigating the child care system in Mississippi. PEARL, Miss. — When Claudia Sears posted an ad on Craigslist for a new employee…

Mississippi official proposes ways to reach students who chronically skip school

Poverty is a primary driver of chronic school absenteeism, Mississippi’s state superintendent of education said yesterday, while calling for “proactive” ways to reverse the problem, which leads to lower test…

Who should fix problems with Mississippi’s early childhood system?

Legislative inaction preserves a complex system

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Search a map of Central Mississippi's child care centers with inspection reports


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In a state where charters are brand new, students rally for more of them

Criticism of “school choice” legislation includes claims that charter schools, while using public funds for operations, are not subject to the same rules and policies that protect children in normal public schools

Two Mississippi school districts make AP honor roll

The Mississippi Board of Education honored Hinds County School District and Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District as AP Honor Roll Districts at their Thursday board meeting in Clinton. Hinds County School…

Calling all Mississippi parents: Let’s talk about child care

  Photo: Kim Palmer Are the daycares where thousands of Mississippi children spend each day warm and welcoming? Are they a…