Early Childhood Care & Development 2021-06-16T17:02:44+00:00

Early Childhood Care & Development

Offers high-quality early care and education in Mississippi

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2018 Market Rate Survey Report

2020 Child Care Payment Program Policy Manual (Effective March 1, 2020)

Child Care Payment Program Emergency Procedures Effective 2013

Report Child Abuse, Program Fraud, or Other Complaint

Child Care Laws, Program Rules, Regulations and Position Statements

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.

COVID-19 Center Exposure Form

Provider Reopen/Closure

CCAIR Training Certificate

MDHS will be holding a public hearing on the completed draft of the CCDF State Plan for 2022-2024. 

This virtual meeting will be held at the date and time below.  We hope you will join us and share your final input before the State Plan is prepared for submission to the Office of Child Care.  

Meeting Date:  June 28, 2021
Meeting Time:  11:00 AM
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The purpose of this meeting is to collect comments on the State Plan before it’s submission to the Office of Child Care.
In order to sign up to make a verbal comment during the hearing, please click here.
Commenters will be heard in the order in which they requested time to speak.

A copy of the proposed CCDF 2022-2024 State Plan can be viewed here.

If you wish to submit written comments instead on the published draft, you may use this link: here.

DECCD will be accepting written comments on the State Plan draft until 5:00 on June 30, 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.

Please submit all request through our Service Request Form

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