MDE releases the Early Learning Collaborative Request for Applications due Jan. 13

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has released a new Request for Applications (RFA) for competitive written applications for Cohort V Round II of the Early Learning Collaboratives.  Applications are due Jan. 13, 2023, by 2 p.m. The RFA is located at this link: Public | The Mississippi Department of Education (

The (OEC) received additional funding from the Mississippi Legislature to support 4-year-old children in high-quality pre-K classrooms. The purpose of the Early Learning Collaboratives is to provide funding to local communities to establish, expand, support and facilitate the successful implementation of high-quality early childhood education and development services. The voluntary pre-K program is intended to improve quality and increase access to high-quality pre-K programs for 4-year-old children. Required partners for this grant include a public school and a Head Start.

A live informational webinar will be offered on Jan. 4, 2023.  To register use this link: Browse Courses (

This is a published RFA therefore staff cannot answer any individual questions

Any questions must be emailed to Jill Dent at on or before Jan. 6, 2023, and the responses will be posted on this site,  Public | The Mississippi Department of Education (, on Jan. 10, 2023.