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MS State Ed Supt. wants to expand early learning programs

October 24, 2017
Kayleigh Skinner
Mississippi Today

State Education Superintendent Carey Wright reiterated the importance of expanding early learning opportunities for Mississippi’s youngest learners on Monday.

When she began her position as state superintendent, “The one thing that I noted, particularly about early childhood, is it’s significantly important for children who live in poverty,” Wright told reporters at a Stennis Capitol Press Forum. “And in a state such as ours that significance can be overlooked.”

Wright noted nearly one in three children in the state live in poverty, and that figure increases for African American children.  According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 30 percent of all children in Mississippi under age 18 lived below the federal poverty level and 46 percent for African American children in 2016.

“So when you’ve got that level of poverty, being able to provide access to a high quality early childhood education is significant because it’s an equity issue,” she said. “We need to make sure that all of our children are learning, and learning at a good rate.”