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Early Childhood Care & Development

The mission of the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development (DECCD) is to provide subsidized child care assistance to eligible, low-income parents that will enable them to become and remain employed, and to empower parents to select quality child care that meets the needs of their family.

DECCD administers the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides subsidized child care to income-eligible Mississippi parents. This is primarily accomplished through the issuance of child care certificates which parents can take to their provider of choice.

DECCD is committed to quality in all forms of child care. DECCD invests CCDF dollars in professional development initiatives proven to improve the quality of child care and increase the school-readiness of enrolled children. Consequently, DECCD not only provides child care assistance that supports the state's current workforce, but also provides the state's future workforce with the early care and education necessary for success in school and later adult life.

High quality, consistent and developmentally appropriate child care is important for young children. The Division of Early Childhood Care and Development makes it possible for Mississippi families to obtain and retain employment by providing child care assistance through federal funds awarded to the state under the Child Care and Development Fund program. These important programs reflect the important role child care plays in helping families make the transition from welfare to work.


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Division of Early Childhood Care & Development
Mississippi Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)
Toll-Free: 800-877-7882
DECCD | PO Box 352 | Jackson, MS 39205
CCPP inquiries: ccpayment@mdhs.ms.gov
Other DECCD programs: DECCD@mdhs.ms.gov

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