Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning

The University of Mississippi School of Education
  • The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning serves all stakeholders in early childhood education across Mississippi and beyond. Our team of researchers and pre-K specialists seek to provide collaborative leadership and research-based information concerning child development, education, policy decisions and more. We believe that all children have the right to learn and grow in an environment that supports a natural ability to explore, create and wonder.

    Click the title to watch Dr. Valora Washington discuss: Early Childhood Educators: Time to Become a Game Changer!


    GCSEL’s 2021 Annual Report


    4th Annual Resource Fair Manual & Videos 2023


    Children’s Foundation of Mississippi released:

    Blueprint for Improving: The Future of Mississippi’s Children


    2024 Mississippi Kids Count Factbook

    2024 Kids Count Factbook

    The Graduate Center offers a series of research brief summarizing the research presentations over the past four years. These briefs provide research-based information with an analysis through a Mississippi lens. We encourage you to read and share with parents, educators, business leaders, decision and policy makers. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail us at