CCAIR 2020-05-01T18:24:44+00:00

A Message to Our CCAIR Partners…

The Novel “Coronavirus” COVID-19 Pandemic represents a critical point in time for public health and how we respond to crises like these. During this time, many have been called on to self-quarantine and work from home. However, as we know, there are those that cannot do so because they are deemed as “essential” personnel. These individuals include, but are not limited to healthcare providers, public safety officials, power generation and utility personnel, food retail personnel and more. It is crucial that support for these essential workers is provided, which includes daily care for their children.

Child care centers provide the backbone for workforce support. These centers are established to provide both care and education for our children. It is recommended to use your local established providers as the primary source for child care. However, during times of crises traditional providers may not be fully able to meet the need of the essential workforce. The Childcare Crisis Assistance in Isolation Response Plan (CCAIR) was created to offer guidance for establishing temporary, emergency child care in a non-traditional setting.

How to Become a CCAIR Temporary Site

Click HERE to learn the steps to becoming a CCAIR site.

Note to current childcare providers: If you are a current childcare provider that is licensed or registered with Mississippi State Department of Health, do not apply as a temporary emergency CCAIR Site because you are already allowed to operate as a child care facility.

CCAIR Site Manual

Print a copy of the CCAIR site manual HERE.

Application to Become a CCAIR Temporary Site

Click HERE to submit an application.

Note to current childcare providers: If you are a current childcare provider that is licensed or registered with Mississippi State Department of Health, do not apply as a temporary emergency CCAIR Site because you are already allowed to operate as a child care facility.

CCAIR Orientation Training Portal

Listed below are the steps to access the free, online training:

  1. Go to  https://mvcc16.instructure.com/enroll/A87CNJ
  2. Login or create a new account. (Creating a new account will require a valid email.)
  3. Go to the “Dashboard” and click on “ECA-MECIC Early Education Training”.
  4. Select the “CCAIR Orientation Training” course.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Emergency Certificates 

Applications for emergency certificates are now available. Please click HERE to apply. If you have any questions about emergency certificates or need assistance with your application, please call 1-800-877-7882.

Emergency certificates will be paid at an enhanced emergency subsidy rate.  Click here to view the enhanced emergency subsidy rates.  All other active certificates will continue to be paid at the standard subsidy rate. The priority population that is eligible for emergency certificates includes people that work as first responders and in healthcare operations. This priority population is defined as people that work in the following essential businesses or operations: 

  • public safety and first responders 
  • law enforcement 
  • fire prevention and response 
  • emergency medical technicians (EMTs) 
  • 911 call center personnel 
  • hospitals and clinics providing medical treatment to individuals 
  • research and laboratory operations 
  • nursing homes 
  • residential health care facilities 
  • congregate care facilities 
  • assisted living facilities 
  • elder care 
  • medical wholesale and distribution 
  • home health workers and aides 
  • medical supply and equipment manufacturers and providers 
  • medical waste disposal 
  • hazardous waste disposal 
  • other ancillary healthcare serviceson a case-by-case basis.

This population may expand or contract based on demand during the course of this medical and economic crisis. Providers serving children of parents from this priority population are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, emergency certificates can only be used at CCAIR Emergency locations ensuring that CCAIR guidelines are used while serving these children. CCAIR Emergency locations include CCAlR-Trained providers or CCAIR temporary sites. You can find a CCAIR Emergency location by clicking HERESelect CCAIR Emergency as the Provider Type. 

Contact us at ccair@mdhs.ms.gov or call us 601.359.4516