Early Childhood Care & Development 2020-09-03T12:47:10+00:00

Early Childhood Care & Development

Offers high-quality early care and education in Mississippi

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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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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

Below you will find the working draft of Mississippi’s Division of Early Childhood Care and Development’s State Plan for FY2019-2021.  Please be aware that the State Plan is subject to change before it is finalized and submitted.  We welcome your comments and suggestions and encourage your attendance at the second public hearing on August 18, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Two Mississippi Museums.  We look forward to your participation and input.

Please submit public comments to:  ccdfcomments@mdhs.ms.gov

2019-2021 CCDF Mississippi State Plan

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 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.

Please submit all request through our Service Request Form

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