The LWVMS believes that there is a need for quality early childhood education programs in Mississippi:
- Given the few private resources, the rural nature of the state, and the widespread need for services for children from families of all socioeconomic levels, the provision of public ECE programs is an important goal for the state.
- The provision of high quality ECE programs may best be achieved by ensuring that licensure requirements are based upon the accreditation standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as these standards denote key program features necessary for the successful education of young children.
- Given the choice between supporting fewer programs of high quality or more programs of lower quality, we support the provision of high quality ECE programs.
- Public assistance to attend ECE programs should be directed first to low-income families due to their special needs (e.g., providing services on a sliding scale according to income level). However, we strongly believe that ECE programs should be available to all children in Mississippi.
- Any public financing or subsidies provided for ECE programs should be used primarily to fund public programs available for all children rather than private programs.