Families First Support Helps Advance Mississippi Literacy

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May 18, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – Families First for MS, along with MS Community Education Center, has partnered with the MS Community College Board and Department of Human Services to offer ongoing high quality, professional early childhood development and technical assistance to childcare providers and families statewide through its Early Childhood Academy (ECA).

According to the MS Department of Education, research shows that students who do not achieve grade level literacy by the 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than those who do. When students enter fourth grade with strong reading skills, they are better positioned for success in the classroom, high school graduation, and readiness for college or a good job.

Families First hosts programs throughout the state, that provide parents and childcare professionals with resources 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 literary 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 Families First Resource Centers located throughout the state for parents and childcare providers; and training for parents on literacy strategies to use at home with children.

Families First also provides resources to promote high quality early childhood education and youth literacy, adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Its literacy programs offer 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, reading comprehension strategies, and writing skills.

For more information about Families First literacy programs throughout Mississippi, contact Alyssa Dillion at adillon@mscec.org or visit www.FamiliesFirstForMS.org.

Families First of MS Teams Up with MS Dept. of Human Services and Paul Lacoste Sports in New Initiative

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March 11, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – To support healthier lifestyles and improved health for Mississippians, Families First for Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Human Services have teamed up with Paul Lacoste Sports to offer the Next Level Mississippi fitness program. According to Jenny Cox Holman of Families First, in this program Mississippians are given an opportunity to train for free in an atmosphere that offers motivation for creating a healthy lifestyle.

Lacoste notes, “My mission is clear: I love coaching and training people. I am here to motivate and inspire the people of Mississippi and educate them through physical fitness.”

The first Paul Lacoste Sports Next Level Mississippi training program is taking place in Pascagoula, with plans to be in the Brookhaven/McComb area and the Mississippi Delta, along with other locations throughout Mississippi during the year.

The goal of Families First for Mississippi and the MS Department of Human Services, along with Paul Lacoste Sports is to implement obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle fitness training programs that are targeted for and accessible to all Mississippians.

For more information, contact Jeanine Pickering, Marketing Director/MCEC at jpickering@nlr-sd.com or visit www.FamiliesFirstForMs.org.

Families First Provides Adult Addiction Education Program

By admin
November 10, 2018

Families First Provides Adult Addiction Education Program

JACKSON, Miss. – Families First for Mississippi looks to help Mississippians caught in the cycle of addiction by providing educational and recovery resources to help them avoid devastating drug overdoses, so prevalent in Mississippi. Through its Adult Addiction Education Program Families First helps those suffering from addiction begin the process of healing and recovery, along with their family members who also need access to education and support.
The general purpose of Families First Addiction Education, Recovery, & Prevention classes is to enhance awareness, knowledge, and understanding of:
  1. How addiction affects individuals and families
  2. How to identify and address addiction risks and behaviors
  3. Where and how to seek help for addiction
  4. What to expect from treatment and recovery
  5. How the dynamic of the change process happens to achieve recovery
Addiction Educators with Families First use instructional and group interactive strategies to create a dynamic that engages individual learning and change.
For more information on Families First for Mississippi Adult Addiction Education & Recovery Program, visit https://www.familiesfirstforms.org/adult-addiction-recovery.

Families First to Host Healthy Teens for a Better MS Rally on MS Gulf Coast

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January 15, 2018

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BILOXI, Miss. – Families First for Mississippi is expanding Governor Bryant’s Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi initiative throughout the State to include educational and innovative programs on healthy choices to engage teens.

On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, Families First for Mississippi will host a state-wide Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi Rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center- Hall 4. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the rally will conclude at 1:00 p.m. The event is in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services and Mississippi Department of Health. Schools can select 35 students from grades 9th-12th to attend. This free event will feature guest speakers Marcus Dupree and Ted DiBiase, Jr., entertainment, lunch, t-shirts, goodie bags, exhibits, and resources. For more information, contact Healthy Teens State Director, Liz Ketchum at (662) 844-0031 or lketchum@frcnms.org.

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