Early Childhood Care & Development 2018-06-12T19:47:47+00:00

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Please note the Notice has changed due to recent changes in plan requirements issued by the Office of Child Care (OCC).


Amended Notice of Public Hearing

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Division of Early Childhood Care & Development (DECCD) will conduct a public hearing on Friday, June 22, 2018, in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium located at Two Mississippi Museums*, 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. The hearing will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 11:00am. The format of the hearing will be an informal conversation about child care in Mississippi and the future direction of the program. We will highlight the projected major changes to the State Plan Pre-Print and hear your comments and feedback. A blank copy of the Pre-Print is posted below for review of the federal changes prior to the hearing. Please also find posted a copy of the OCC letter explaining the changes. A formal hearing will be noticed and conducted after the revised Pre-Print has been completed and prior to the August 31st submission date.

  1. Office of Child Care Letter 
  2. Blank copy of Pre-Print 

*Two Mississippi Museums is wheelchair accessible. If you require special assistance related to a disability, please call the MDHS hotline number at 1-800-877-7882. The views expressed during this public hearing do not necessarily reflect the views of the Two Mississippi Museums.

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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