Resources for Parents, Providers, and the Community
IDEA Part B and Section 619 and Part C
First Steps EIP is a program that matches the unique needs of infants and toddlers who have developmental delays, or a birth condition that could cause a developmental delay, with Early Intervention services and resources within the community.
For more information, use the following link: Early Intervention – Mississippi State Department of Health (ms.gov).
The Mississippi Department of Education handles the funding for special education programs under IDEA Part B.
For more information about these programs, use the following link: Information and Publications | The Mississippi Department of Education (mdek12.org)
Medicaid & CHIP
The Mississippi Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance for eligible families in Mississippi.
For more information, use the following link: Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) | Mississippi Division of Medicaid (ms.gov)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
WIC is a special supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, infants, and children under five years of age. WIC helps you and your baby get healthy foods and healthy advice in the first years of life.
For more information, use the following link: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/41,0,128.html
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program to support child care providers in covering the cost of purchasing, preparing, and providing nutritious foods in child care settings. For more information, use the following link: https://mdek12.org/OCN/CACFP
Criminal Background Checks for Employment/Approval for the Child Care Payment Program
Criminal Background Checks for employment in child care are overseen by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). In order to complete in-state and national background checks, providers scan fingerprints or send in fingerprint cards for new employee/applicants and include the Child Abuse Registry form. The fingerprints will be submitted to the MS Department of Public Safety where they go through the MS Criminal Information Center and the FBI to complete the national checks. Results are sent back to MSDH. Child Protective Services does the Child Abuse Registry check. If the applicant has a clear background check a letter is sent to the facility and the applicant/employee.
If the quality of the fingerprints is poor, another fingerprint card will be requested. If the quality of the fingerprints is rejected by the FBI two times, a name-based search is initiated through the FBI. If there is something on the applicant/employee’s background checks that appears as a result of the check, legal counsel reviews that information and makes a determination of suitability, non-suitability or asks for more information. The applicant/employee’s criminal information is mailed to them directly with information on how to dispute any information. In addition, a letter is sent to the provider saying there may be a possible disqualifying event-no details of the information are shared with the provider. If the applicant/employee sends in the requested information for a dispute, legal counsel will again make a determination of suitability or non-suitability and the appropriate letter will be mailed. If the applicant/employee does not send in the requested information within 60 days, a final disposition letter will be sent out.
Interstate Criminal Background Checks
If an applicant has lived in another state within the past five years, the above required checks must be performed in that state as well. For more information on completing checks in another state, or if another state needs to conduct a check for an applicant, please contact the Mississippi State Department of Health at: Criminal History Checks – Mississippi State Department of Health (ms.gov)
Resources for Child Development Information
Understanding how children grow and what things are needed to make sure their growth is healthy is important for anyone caring for them.
Below is a list of online resources about child development:
Child Development Basics
Child Find-Mississippi Department of Education
Creating Routines for Love and Learning (Parenting Resource)
DAP: Planning and Implementing an Engaging Curriculum to Achieve Meaningful Goals
Developmental Monitoring and Screening
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
Early Childhood Mental Health
Early Development & Well-Being
Early Intervention Program (First Steps)
Early Learning Guidelines for Classrooms Serving Three- and Four-Year-Old Children (2018)
Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Infants through Four-Year-Old Children (2018)
English Learner Resources
Individualized Care Routines and Daily Schedules for Infants and Toddlers
Public Broadcasting System
Rocking and Rolling. Caring for the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers
School Readiness Resources for Parents
Standing Together Against Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood: Resources
Social & Emotional Development: For Our Youngest Learners & Beyond
Social Emotional Learning and Addressing Trauma
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The Importance of Schedules and Routines
Transition to Kindergarten Resources for Teachers
What is Early Childhood Development?