The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being. Find out more at https://extension.msstate.edu.
Mississippi 4-H is proud to offer programs and growth opportunities that put the heads, hearts, hands, and health of Mississippi's youth to work learning and applying the essential elements of the 4-H program: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.
Children and Parenting
By striving to meet the challenges of societal pressures and providing parenting education programs and materials for children and families, the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) hopes to further the well-being of Mississippi's children.
Equine-Assisted Therapy Programs
MSU Extension Equine Assisted Therapy Programs promote therapeutic riding experiences through educational and research-based activities. The program has earned premier accreditation status through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Program is designed to motivate adults to improve financial health and increase wealth by reducing debt, increasing savings and gaining confidence in the ability to make wise financial decisions.
Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative (MyPI)
This program is a comprehensive youth preparedness program designed for teens that includes Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team); an Add-On catalog that features technology tracks, career tracks, and CPR/AED certification; and a leadership and community service project.
Ready in the Middle
Ready in the Middle is a youth preparedness initiative designed specifically for youth ages 11 to 12 and their families in Mississippi.
SHAPE-CARE will educate parents on bio-physiological (sleep and emotion regulation) and relational concepts with the broad goal of improving children’s academic readiness
Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program
The purpose of the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program is to provide rigorous and relevant education, increasing the leadership capacity of people working in agriculture and natural resources in Mississippi.
Visit the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program web page
The Pillowcase Project (In partnership with the American Red Cross)
The Pillowcase Project, developed by the American Red Cross and sponsored by Disney, will teach students in grades 3 to 5 about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills.
The PREP Rally (In partnership with Save the Children)
The PREP Rally program teaches children the basics of preparedness and develops lifelong safety skills.
TummySafe© is a Food Manager's Certification Course for Child Care Providers. The 6 module food safety curriculum includes food storage, serving, cross contamination, diapering, and many other topics specific to child care providers. Six contact hours are awarded for completion of the curriculum. An 80% on the Certification exam is required for certification. Certification lasts for five years.
Youth Financial Literacy
Programs focus on helping teachers provide personal financial education for students through a variety of programs, contests, and consumer simulation activities.