When children start school without important skills, it becomes harder and harder for them to achieve their potential without considerable intervention. Supporting the Hattiesburg Early Learning Collaborative is a direct investment in preparing Hattiesburg’s youngest students! Your donation will fund resources that will significantly impact students’ positive attitude toward school and love for learning. 

What is it?

Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 allows all Mississippians (individuals and businesses) to make a donation to an approved Pre-K Collaborative and receive a full state tax credit.

More about The State Tax Credit
  • Individuals or corporations who make a contribution to support the local matching fund of an approved early learning collaborative may be eligible to receive a state tax credit for the donated amount up to $1 million.
  • The Mississippi Department of Revenue can approve 1:1 tax credits up to the amount the legislature appropriates to the Early Learning Collaborative Act each year. For the fiscal year 2020, the legislature appropriated $7.79 million; therefore, the sum of the donations in this calendar year eligible for the tax credit may not exceed $7.79 million.

For more information and specifics about the tax credit, follow these links.

About the Mississippi PreK Tax Credit

PreK Tax Incentive FAQ


Also, feel free to reach out to Biz Harris at for more information about TELA and the PreK Tax credit.


Thank you for making a difference by supporting PreK in our community.

Submit a check payable to:

Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance
P.O. Box 339
Charleston, MS 38921


Click the Donate button below to utilize our secure PayPal checkout method. This button will launch a new PayPal browser window.

When you fill out the address portion on the site, please MAKE SURE TO GIVE US YOUR FULL MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS so that we can contact you with your tax credit documentation.

Upon receipt of the check or Paypal donation, we will respond quickly with an acknowledgment letter.  A donation certificate will follow from the Mississippi Department of Education.

When filing taxes, simply submit a copy of the donation certificate with form 80-401.


If you would like to make your gift in honor of a friend or family member this year, please make the ADDITIONAL following notes on the PayPal site:

  • Whose name should the gift be made in?
  • Made in Honor or Memory?
  • Their mailing address.

We’ll mail them a donation card letting them know of your gift.

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