Update August 2020
Funding Available to Child Care Providers
MDHS is releasing an application for financial assistance to providers who are open and providing care for children. A one-time payment will be given to CCPP approved providers with active certificates as of August 1, 2020. Amounts will be based on the type of care provided and the care capacity in the provider profile in CCPS as of August 1, 2020. Care capacity is defined as the total number of children a provider is allowed to care for per MS State Department of Health. Providers offering multiple shifts of care will receive double the rate for capacity. Providers offering ONLY part time care will receive half of the rate for capacity.
CCPP approved providers with active certificates as of August 1, 2020, both licensed and registered, who meet the conditions described below. CCPP approved providers with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply.
CARES Application Window:
*Any eligible provider who is open during the application window may apply.
Allowable Uses of Funding:
These funds are issued to support providers in meeting the demands of responding to COVID-19. The following is a list of allowable uses of this funding:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Hazard pay for staff
Health and safety supplies
Food and food supplies for enrolled children
Replenishing classroom consumable supplies or furniture necessary to respond to COVID-19
To apply for funding: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/39b27540d81142d89bcce7338d84fceb
Recipients of this funding will need to maintain records of the application process as well as how funds were expended.
To view full details related to this funding opportunity, click HERE
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a source of great concern for everyone, especially those that serve children and families. MDHS is taking this rapidly changing situation seriously and will continue to provide updates as timely as possible. Here are the most recent developments, as well as some guidance and resources that are available during this time.
In response to the pandemic, temporary policies were developed to sustain childcare in Mississippi and to serve a priority population of essential personnel through the issuance of emergency certificates. These policies are specific to COVID-19 and do not amend the Child Care Payment Program Policy Manual. On April 30, 2020 MDHS filed temporary policies with Secretary of State to strengthen emergency operations of the Child Care Payment Program. These policies are effective immediately through the emergency filing process. A copy of these policies may be viewed here.
Child Care Provider Supports
On May 4, 2020 MDHS notified all Mississippi licensed and registered child care providers of an opportunity to request health and safety supplies at no cost. Protecting the health and safety of staff and children during this time can be difficult since health and cleaning supplies are in short supply. MDHS and the Early Childhood Academy have been hard at work building a supply of items for monitoring the health of staff and children as well as supplies for cleaning child care environments. Due to the scarcity of health and safety items, the quantity of supplies available through this offer is limited. Available supplies will be issued to open childcare providers at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to providers in counties with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and temporary emergency CCAIR sites, while supplies last. The window to request supplies will be May 6 – 8, 2020. In order to be eligible to request supplies, providers must:
- Hold a license or registration with the Mississippi Department of Health Bureau of Child Care Licensure on or before May 11, 2020,
- Be open and providing child care services as of May 11, 2020,
- Complete the Childcare Crisis Assistance in Isolation Response Orientation Training, and
- Complete the online request form, including the upload of CCAIR orientation training certificate, between May 6-8, 2020.
A copy of the notice sent to child care providers can be viewed HERE.
Child Care Payments/Certificate Program
Our office is working with the Office of Child Care to determine what options are available for the use of CCDF funding during this emergency. An emergency waiver is being submitted to address situations such as interruption of services due to child care center closures and excessive absences as families begin to keep children at home. The waiver also includes a request that child care payments be made to providers based on enrollment instead of attendance. If the waiver is approved, our office will notify all providers as soon as possible.
Child Care Licensure
MDHS is in contact with the administration at the Mississippi State Department of Health. As of now, the Health Department is not recommending the closure of child care programs. The Health Department is recommending that child care centers follow the same CDC guidelines included below. If at any time, Child Care Licensure does recommend closure, MDHS will notify providers as soon as possible. Our office recommends keeping open communication with your licensing official regarding any decisions that the Health Department may make. If you decide to voluntarily close your center, please send an email to tell us you are closing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Information & Recommendations
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a list of guidelines that child care centers can use. Please bookmark this link. The CDC continues to update this link as more information becomes available.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for School & Child Care
This link includes information about:
Disinfecting and protecting against COVID-19 spread and infection
Guidelines for excluding any potentially ill children and/or staff members and how to create an absentee policy
How to communicate with families and communities about COVID-19
What to do if there has been a case of COVID in your area