Child Care Payment Program
Each year, a portion of the Child Care and Development Fund is set aside to provide financial assistance in the form of vouchers for low-income families to afford quality child care services. In Mississippi, these set-aside funds are distributed through the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP). CCPP is administered by the Division for Early Childhood Care and Development (DECCD) at the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about CCPP, including how to become a CCPP-approved provider, your rights and responsibilities as a participant in the program, and all of the forms and contact information you may need throughout the application and approval process.
On February 9, 2018 Congress passed and the President signed a two-year budget deal, under which an additional $5.8 billion in discretionary funding will be provided over two years for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Download PDF file Click here for more information
What is the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)?
CCPP is designed to provide child care tuition assistance to parents and guardians. Participants must meet certain income and work requirements to be determined eligible for child care assistance. Child care providers may opt-in to serve these eligible families. There is an application and approval process (described below) for providers to complete prior to serving CCPP families and receiving payment through the CCPP. Once approved, some providers are paid by DECCD prospectively to maintain a certain number of slots for CCPP-participating children. Most often, providers are reimbursed for the provision of care services each month to CCPP-participating children in their center. Families are assessed a rate of assistance based on family size and household income, and parents/guardians are assessed a co-payment due directly to their chosen child care provider each month. Parents also pay the remaining amount of child care tuition directly to the provider if the rate of assistance does not meet the full cost of care.
Why should I become a CCPP-approved provider?
Child care providers that participate in CCPP may see an increase in the number of families that can afford the child care services offered by their business. If you are operating your child care business in an area of the state with high unemployment and concentrated poverty, some local families may not be able to afford the cost of care without tuition assistance. Becoming a CCPP-approved provider opens your business up to families who have a voucher to spend at your center. CCPP-approved providers are held to a minimum level of safety and quality of care that is above and beyond licensing requirements. Becoming a CCPP-approved provider will professionalize your workforce and increase the quality of care you provide. CCPP-approved providers deliver child care services to the children in Mississippi who need quality early learning experiences the most. If you are not already serving low-income families, becoming a CCPP-approved provider will diversify the customers your business serves. A diverse learning environment will enrich the learning experiences of all children and better prepare them for school and work experiences later in life. Finally, becoming a CCPP-approved provider will stabilize the population of children your center serves, as the child’s eligibility for tuition assistance is granted for a full 12 months from the date of approval.
What types of child care businesses are eligible?
Licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and in-home child care providers are all eligible to become CCPP-approved providers. Parents may choose any type of child care while participating in this program as long as the provider has completed the application and approval process.
The following requirements for licensed child care centers apply:
- The child care center must be licensed by and in good standing with the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The following requirements for family child care homes and in-home providers apply:
- The owner/operator must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED);
- The owner/operator must provide evidence that they, other adults providing child care services in the home, and anyone residing in the home are current on required immunizations as documented by Download PDF file Form 121 Certificate of Immunization issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health;
- The owner/operator must satisfactorily complete an inspection of the home by child care monitoring agents prior to approval for CCPP reimbursement;
- The owner/operator must agree to a Download PDF file background check for themselves, other adults residing in the home, and any adult not residing in the home but providing child care services;
- The owner/operator must have a valid email address that is checked on a regular basis and have a working landline telephone or cell phone.
Okay, how do I apply?
- Begin an application by clicking one of the links below:
Download PDF file Licensed Provider Application
- Complete the application and send supporting documentation to DECCD. Send additional materials online via Service Request, through mail (P.O. Box 352, Jackson, MS, 39205) or by fax (601-359-4422). When this application is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with your Provider ID.
- Register for and attend a provider e-Ledger training webinar (online training) held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Applicants must register in advance and shall receive an email confirmation containing a code to access the online training webinar. Applicants who do not attend the entire session will not receive credit for attendance and will not be approved to participate in CCPP. The e-Ledger training covers the provider payment process, coding for child attendance, policies outlined in the current CCPP policy manual, and the process for recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
- Renew your registration with MDHS annually. DECCD only pays CCPP-approved providers. The parent/guardian of children in your care is responsible for all payment prior to your effective date.
What else do I need to know?
It’s important for CCPP-approved providers and interested providers to understand the rules and regulations governing CCPP and the rights and responsibilities of participants. Please use the link above to download the CCPP Policy Manual. Review the manual before you seek approval, and store an electronic or hard copy for yourself to consult later if necessary. Use the links below to access the forms you may need to apply for approval and remain eligible to serve CCPP families.
In addition to the requirements above, all providers, regardless of setting must complete an application to be designated a Standard Center. To be classified as a standard center, a child care center must be licensed and meet minimum federal and state standards. Standard centers will operate above licensure expectations in two ways. First, all staff must go through mandatory training as required by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. Second, all staff must have 15 hours of continuing professional development each year as prescribed by the act. The professional-development areas include health and safety; educational standards and best practices; recognizing signs, symptoms, or behaviors of child abuse and neglect; professional development that addresses social-emotional and behavioral development, mental health, expulsion, and exclusionary discipline practices in child care settings; and developmental and behavioral screenings. The curriculum implemented in these centers must align with the state early learning guidelines for infants and toddlers and the state early learning standards for three- and four-year-olds. These centers must also engage in an annual self-assessment process. This self-assessment helps providers identify the strengths of their program. In addition, the self-assessment process allows providers to locate opportunities for growth within their program. Child care programs with the Standard Designation are involved in continuous efforts to review their programs and access resources to provide the highest level of quality possible.
Service Request Form
Please submit a DECCD Service Request for all of your Certificate Program Questions as well as for a faster way to submit documentation online. Use this Service Request for information on any of the following issues:
- Change of Provider (Download PDF file Form Required )
- Report Change of Provider Information (Form Required)
- Report Error on Certificate (Form Required)
- Provider Training Webinar (Registration Link)
- Provider E-Ledger Help (Download PDF file E-Ledger Instructions Link )
- Provider Duplicate Children on Ledger (Form Required)
- Children on ledger no longer attend center (Form Required)
- Provider Report of Underpayment (Form Required)
- Missing/lost Check (Download PDF file Form for Stop Payment & Reissue )
- Any other certificate related questions
Additional Forms and Other Documents
Description of Priority Populations (Coming Soon)
Income Eligibility Guidelines (Coming Soon)
Division of Early Childhood Care & Development
Mississippi Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)
DECCD | PO Box 352 | Jackson, MS 39205
CCPP inquiries: email@example.com