MDE Releases the Early Learning Collaborative Request for Proposals Due November 5

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Office of Early Childhood (OEC), received additional funding to support approximately 2,950 four-year-old children in high-quality pre-K classrooms.

 The OEC has released a new Request for Proposals for competitive written applications for Cohort IV of the Early Learning Collaboratives.  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 four-year-old children. Required partners for this grant include a public school and a Head Start (if in existence).

 The Request for Proposal (RFP) application is located at this link: Public | The Mississippi Department of Education (

 A live informational webinar will be offered on October 13, 2021.  Please register at

 The application is due on November 5, 2021 by 2:00 p.m.

 Since this is a published RFP, staff cannot answer any individual questions.  If you do have questions about the RFP, you may email them to Jill Dent ( by October 14th and responses will be posted on the page with the RFP on October 18, 2021.