Literacy | FamiliesFirst for MS

The inability to read has lasting effects on families and individuals from childhood through adulthood.


Families First for Mississippi provides resources to promote high-quality early childhood education and youth literacy.  In addition, we provide evidence-based programs for adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Families First literacy programs provide evidence-based remedial reading skills and training for children and adults, individualized curriculum pathways, and skill development in the key areas of literacy:

  • Phonics and phonemic awareness

  • Vocabulary development

  • Reading fluency, including oral reading skills

  • Reading comprehension strategies

  • Writing


Families First for Mississippi hosts center-based programs throughout the state that provide parents and childcare professionals with tools to promote literacy instruction.​  These programs include:

  • Seminars and training for early childhood professionals on the Mississippi Early Learning Standards and Guidelines

  • Technology-based literacy instruction for adults and literacy assessments

  • Book drives and supporting literacy campaigns in schools and childcare centers

  • Early Childhood Academy Coaches and Resource and Referral Associates that support childcare centers

  • Lending libraries at each center location for parents and childcare providers

  • Training for parents on literacy strategies to use at home with children 

"Building a strong foundation in literacy is the core of success for students and adults.  Families First for Mississippi has placed a strategic emphasis on building literacy programs to reach the whole family.  Families First believes it is critical to address literacy issues in Mississippi so that families can be successful." - Dr. Nancy New, -Executive Director for Mississippi Community Education Center 


© FFFM is a service provided by Mississippi Community Education Center & Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

Mississippi Community Education Center

2525 Lakeward Dr. Suite 200

Jackson, Mississippi 39216

O: (601) 366-6405

Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

425 Magazine St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

O: (662) 844-0013

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Families First For Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, or age in the administration of any of its programs or in the employment of any staff.