BILOXI, Miss.—A group consisting of Gulf Coast law enforcement officials and officials from the “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids” organization came today Thursday to push for early childhood education in the state.
Chief Operation Officer for the organization Miriam Rollin spoke to News Mississippi about what they are looking to accomplish.
“High quality early care in education for kids in Mississippi.”
She said the state is close to becoming part of a group in the country that already provides such pre-K learning.
“Mississippi is on the cusp of joining many other states around the country,” said Rollin.
Rollin pointed out that many kids enter the K-12 public school system way behind in their develop and never catch up during the 13 years they’re in the system.
She said even the basics would be taught to kids if money from the state capital is allocated for this.
“To sit still, to follow directions, to play well with others, to listen to authority,” she stated. “All of that eventually leads to a drop in crime.”
Their group is based out of Washington D.C.