Early Childhood Care & Development 2021-11-18T16:56:10+00:00

Early Childhood Care & Development

Offers high-quality early care and education in Mississippi

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Archived Child Care Payment Program Policy Manuals

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.

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MDHS will be holding a public hearing on the proposed policies for the Mississippi Child Care Payment Program.

The purpose of this meeting is to collect comments on the proposed policies.  This virtual meeting will be held at the date and time below.  We hope you will join us and share your input before these policies are finalized.  To view a copy of the proposed policies, click here

Meeting Date: September 21, 2021
Meeting Time: 11:00 AM
To view this session, click here
Please consider sharing your comments on these policies with our office.  There are two options for sharing with us:
If you would like to share your input verbally with our team at the hearing, register here.
Commenters will be heard in the order in which they requested time to speak at the link above.
NOTE: You will also need to register for the meeting in order to submit your comments verbally.
If you would like to share your input with our team in writing at any time, you may do so here
Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on September 22, 2021. 

MDHS offers training and technical assistance to child care providers as well as a lending library of learning resources to child care providers and parents.  These services are available at any one of the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral sites located across the state.  For more information about services for families and child care providers, contact your local site.

Contact List for Child Care Resource and Referral Sites

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.”

Healthy Families Mississippi

Healthy Families Mississippi is a new home visiting program serving pregnant mothers and parents with children up to three years 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.

Monthly Report of Serious Occurrences and Deaths Reported to MSDH

MDHS receives information from the MS Department of Health each month on the number of serious incidents occurring in child care facilities across the state.  Please see the chart below. This information is reported and updated monthly.

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