Focus on early childhood development: United Way meets with Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee to discuss the issues

(From left) Walt Starr, Alan Nunnally, with United Way staff members Regina Walker and Fred Ashwill

(From left) Walt Starr, Alan Nunnally, with United Way staff members Regina Walker and Fred Ashwill

The future of children’s education and the need for more effective childhood development programs and services in DeSoto County were topics of conversation recently as United Way representatives met with Alan Nunnelee, U.S. Representative, First District of Mississippi, and Walt Starr, Field Representative.

Supporting early childhood development and education opportunities is a priority for the United Way network, with staff and volunteers involved in our public policy efforts  working to support programs and initiatives that help more children get the best learning opportunities they can before entering school.

“There are two things that I see as ingrained in who we are as Americans – mortgages and charitable giving,” Nunnelee said. “I don’t see how these programs do all that they do and operate on such a shoestring budget. I support what United Way is doing in DeSoto County because I know that we have a lot of generous people here.”

Regina Walker and Fred Ashwill from United Way also shared information with Nunnelee  and Starr about Strive Mid-South, which works to better align groups and resources involved in early education, and identifies key benchmarks to better measure rates of success.

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