Achieving Goals

We’re all about improving health outcomes for Mississippi’s most precious asset—its children.

We are working with families, healthcare providers and early childhood professionals to foster positive caregiver and child interactions, enhance attention to developmental milestones and strengthen children’s brain architecture.

Who are we?

Funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), we’re a project of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) Children’s of Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC).

  • the proportion of children and families experiencing all elements of the quality developmental promotion system, 
  • the capacity and proportion of the state’s early childhood providers demonstrating improved practices around developmental health promotion, 
  • the proportion of families in the state engaged in daily talking/reading/singing to their birth to 3-year-old children, and 
  • the percentage of children with developmental risk or delay who receive the recommended follow-up interventions/treatment.

We achieve these goals by:

Want to learn more?

See the results of our survey brief and read our various publications.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $17.4 million with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit today.