For far too long, millions of children in America have been denied the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. Inequities in funding and resources place poor children in low-performing schools with inadequate facilities and, too often, ineffective teachers. Practices such as tracking, retention, out-of-school suspensions, and one-size-fits-all zero tolerance policies continue to contribute to the discouragement, disengagement and eventual dropout of countless children in America. Instead of serving as “the great equalizer,” American public education has served as a portal to the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis, leading poor and minority children to lives marked by school dropout, arrest, and incarceration.

CDF-SRO is committed to improving outcomes for children in school and in life by working to transform education and set it on the path toward equity and excellence for all children in the South.

Community Partners

CDF-SRO consistently identifies community partners that share in the commitment to create a better quality of life for children in the state of Mississippi, and our leadership team serves on the boards of many of these organizations. Some of our partners include:

Excel By 5

Excel By 5 is an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on a community's young children. It emphasizes the important roles parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years: birth to age 5. Learn more about Excel By 5.

Mississippi Building Blocks

Mississippi Building Blocks is a state-funded program designed to assist existing childcare centers improve children's school readiness of children. The organization accomplished this by improving teaching and learning in licensed child care centers and strengthening parenting skills. Learn more about Mississippi Building Blocks.

Stewpot Community Services

Stewpot Community Services provides thousands of men, women and children with hot meals, groceries, clothing, shelter, childcare, mentoring and other programs to nurture them and help them get back on their feet. Learn more about Stewpot Community Services.

Data and Resources

American education was once the envy of the world, but now it is in dire straits.

Did you know more than 60 percent of fourth, eighth and 12th grade public school students are unable to read or compute math at grade level? Children of color face even greater risks with nearly 80 percent Black and Hispanic students in these grades unable to read or compute math at grade level.

CDF's report The State of America's Children® is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on key child indicators, including K-12 education. The Education section of the report includes data on education spending, school discipline, high school dropouts and student achievement.

Contact your members of Congress and tell them to invest in education programs, such as Head Start and Pell Grants, and to close corporate loopholes to raise revenue.

Please take a moment to review and share relevant data and resources on child education in America.