The mission of the Mississippi Thrive! Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC) is to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood developmental and behavioral health system that fully engages families, providers, and community-based service professionals as partners.

Below are dates of upcoming ECDC meetings.

The next full coalition meeting will be: 
Thursday, 6/27/2024, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Click here to join the meeting!

Are you interested in becoming part of the Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC)? If so, click here to access the membership form.

Click below to access the ECDC member resource page.

(Password Protected)

Members of the ECDC as of April 2024:



Keri Abernathy , Mississippi Health Advocacy Program Health Help
Mitchell Adcock , Center for Mississippi Health Policy
Chad Allgood , Mississippi State Department of Human Services
Meaghan Baxendale , USM Early Childhood Inclusion Center Resource & Referral Center
Eileen Beazley , Office of the Governor
Laure Bell* , MSU SSRC
Devon Brenner , MSU SSRC
Ruby Brenner , MSU SSRC
Nicole Briceno , USM Early Childhood Inclusion Center
Tami H. Brooks , General Pediatrics at Physicians & Surgeons
Rikki Broom , Kids Bright Clinic, LLC
Bianca Bullie-Thompson , Doctor of Nursing Practice
Kelly Butler , Barksdale Reading Institute
LeeEsther Butler , Parent
Susan Buttross* , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
Stacy Callender , Mississippi State Dept of Health, Part C
Daisy Carter , Excel By 5
Nadeane Cattrell* , Mississippi Families for Kids
Valecia Davis , Mississippi State Department of Health, Title V
Tara Dickerson , MSU Extension, Child Care Resource & Referral
Oleisha Edwards , Parent
Lauren Elliott* , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
Nikki Flippins* , Families As Allies
Michelle Gaither , MSU SSRC
Genevieve Garrett , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
Cathy Grace , UM Graduate Center for Study of Early Learning
Heather Hanna* , MSU SSRC
Shana Harper , Be Undefeated Therapeutic Solutions, LLC
Jillian Harper-Peavy , Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies (MS Dept.of Health)
Biz Harris , Mississippi Early Learning Alliance
Carolyn Harris , East MS Community College
Tockie V. Hemphill , MSU SSRC
Joy Hogge* , Families as Allies
Gigi Holder , UMMC
Ettamarie Jackson , Heaven’s Angels Academy
Sara Jenkins , Mississippi State Dept. of Health

Leslie Junkin , Mississippi Parent Training & Information Center
Leslie Lavergne , USM Institute for Disability Studies
Regina Lewis , Mississippi Families for Kids
Avis L Lloyd , Parent
Bradley Long* , MSU SSRC
Lisa Long , MSU SSRC
Melissa Luckett* , MSU SSRC
Heather Martin , MSU SSRC
April May , Mississippi Early Learning Alliance
Joann Mickens , Parents for Public Schools
Mary Hannah Mills , MSU Extension/Nurturing Homes Initiative
Henry Moore , Families As Allies
Brittney G Mosley , Mississippi State Department of Health
Nita Norphlet-Thompson , Mississippi Head Start Association
Julie Parker , MSU Office of Human Sciences
Ruth Patterson* , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
WaShanda D Patton , Parent
Lauren Wilson Phillis , Parent
LaTonya Pittman , Parent
Callie Poole* , MSU SSRC
Coreaner Price* , Families as Allies
Andrew Robertson , Pediatric Nursing Medical Student
Dustin Sarver , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
Katerina Sergi , MSU SSRC
Kristy Simms , UMMC Office of the Vice Chancellor
Desiree States* , Mississippi Families for Kids
Candice Taylor , Mississippi Department of Education
Rachel Tyrone , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth

Nell Valentine, MSU SSRC
Amy Walker , UMMC- Center for Advancement of Youth
Benjamin Walker , UMMC School of Population Health
Courtney Walker , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth
Rodney Washington* , Mississippi Families for Kids
Stephane Watts , New Vineyard Community Development Center
Linda West , Mississippi Families for Kids
Sara Withrow* , UMMC Center for the Advancement of Youth

*Members of the ECDC Planning Team

Do you have questions for the ECDC? Please reach out to the admin team at the email address below.