Child Care Certificate Program 2018-03-19T16:13:16+00:00

Child Care Certificate Program

The Child Care Certificate Program is a federally funded program designed to provide parents with assistance with child care tuition. Parents may choose any type of child care while participating in this program.

Parents who meet the income and work requirement for participation in the Certificate Program will be responsible for paying their child care provider a monthly co-payment fee. In addition, parents will be responsible for published tuitions rates. For example, if a parent has a child enrolled in AZQ Preschool and the preschool’s published tuition rates are $390 per month and the Child Care Certificate Program pays $300 per month, the parent is responsible for paying the $90 difference to the child care provider in addition to their monthly co-payment.

Priority Groups

Referred Clients include parents served by TANF, TCC, Foster or Protective Services, Healthy Families Mississippi, or Homeless agencies. Eligibility for child care services for referred clients is determined by the referring agency which may include the appropriate MDHS Division or DECCD-approved community partners. Referred clients must comply with all requirements as set forth by the referring agency, and failure to do so will result in termination of child care certificates.

These clients include children with special needs, single parents with special needs, and parents deployed in the MS National Guard or Reserve. Parents at this priority level are served up to 85% of the State Median Income.

These clients include teen parents as well as parents who are working or in an approved educational program. In order to qualify for full-time child care, the parent must be working at least twenty-five (25) hours per week, or be enrolled full-time in an approved educational program. Documentation must be provided on a case by case basis. In a two-parent family, each parent must be working at least twenty-five (25) hours per week, and/or enrolled in school full time. The family’s gross income must be at 50% or below the State Median Income.

Based on the availability of funding, children of parent(s) in an approved full-time educational program and/or working the required twenty-five (25) hours per week whose income falls between 50% and 85% of the State Median Income.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Families meet the income eligibility requirements if their monthly income is less than or equal to the figures listed

Family Size 80% SMI 50% SMI
2 $2,333 $1,417
3 $2,917 $1,750
4 $3,416 $2,000
5 $4,000 $2,333

Application for Parents

Families interested in applying for the Child Care Certificate Program must complete the online application.

As of January 2014, DECCD no longer accepts paper applications.

In addition, the Parent Statement of Agreement Form and Parent’s Rights and Responsibilities documents are provided below for your records.

If you are applying for services for a child that is not your biological child, please submit the Guardianship Form provided below with the rest of the documentation described in the application and follow-up email provided to you at the time of application.

Other forms you may need can be found on our Application Page

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