Early Childhood Care & Development 2018-05-15T19:18:56+00:00

Early Childhood Care & Development

Offers high-quality early care and education in Mississippi

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We offer services related to providing high-quality early care and education and home visiting services for children in Mississippi.

DECCD administers two needed and important early childhood programs: (1) Healthy Families Mississippi and (2) the Child Care Payment Program. Healthy Families Mississippi is funded through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and provides home visiting services to eligible families. Through federal funds awarded to the state under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program, DECCD makes it possible for families to obtain and retain employment by providing child care assistance.

I was about to be a teen parent when I enrolled in the Healthy Families Mississippi (HFM) program through the DHS office. My biggest motivation for joining the program was to have support after I give birth. Becoming a new mom is scary and I wanted all the materials I could have to ensure a healthy pregnancy. After I enrolled in HFM, I made a goal to become a phlebotomist and began phlebotomy courses after giving birth. HFM helped me to get back to school by offering child care assistance through the Child Care Payment Program. I have since then completed all my courses at Mississippi Delta Community College and work full-time as a phlebotomy tech at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

“HFM changed my life by helping me pursue my dreams.”

Child Care and Development Fund Plans

2016 – 2018

Coming Soon: 2019 – 2021

State Early Childhood Advisory Council of Mississippi provides counsel to the governor on issues related to young children and their families.

SECAC is comprised of experts in education, health care, child welfare, and mental health and serves as the central meeting place for all stakeholders in Mississippi’s early childhood system, including the early care and education workforce, parents, and the general public. 

Healthy Families Mississippi

Healthy Families Mississippi is a new home visiting program serving pregnant mothers and parents with children less than 3 months of age in Copiah, Claiborne, Coahoma, Humphreys, Holmes, Issaquena, Jefferson, Neshoba, Sunflower, Sharkey, Tallahatchie, Tunica, Washington and Wilkinson Counties.

Healthy Families Mississippi will:

  • Link families to community services and resources.
  • Provide child development, nutrition, financial and safety education.
  • Provide family support materials to eligible families;
  • Refer families to other support services.

Please submit all request through our Service Request Form

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