Our research indicates one key fact over and over again:  EDUCATION is a critical part of the solution to every quality of life concern in South Mississippi.  In particular, if we as a community of diverse partners and resources focus on early childhood education, school readiness, quality childcare, and mentoring, we can change the landscape of our community in countless ways.  Education’s tie to economic development and the future of our state and region are clear.  The business, non-profit, and public sectors must act now, and we must act together as an army for change.