Division of Early Childhood Care & Development

Teacher with young children in child care setting

Investing in Mississippi’s future by supporting the care and development of young children in the state.

The Division of Early Childhood Care & Development administers programs that support child care across the state for the benefit of everyone involved: parents, employers, providers, and especially the children themselves.

All of Mississippi’s workforce benefits from having quality child care options.

Through the Child Care Payment Program, the Division of Early Childhood Care & Development (DECCD) helps parents and guardians find reliable, quality child care, and helps child care providers thrive as businesses.


Parents who qualify for CCPP will be responsible for paying their child care provider a monthly
co-payment fee which will be based on family size and income.

For Providers

Participating CCPP child care providers are eligible to receive CCPP certificates from Mississippi parents and guardians for Child Care Services.

Child Care Resource and Referral Centers (R&Rs)

R&Rs help parents find childcare by referring them to local childcare providers around the state. R&Rs also help child care providers by providing training and resources to the providers at no cost.

The services provided from R&Rs are:

  • Helping families and caregivers in identifying high quality services.
  • Providing developmental screenings to children ages 0-5.
  • Lending libraries that allow families and providers to access age-appropriate learning materials families.
  • Offering assistance and professional development to child care providers.

Full List of Resource & Referral Centers

Resource and Referral Centers


    Get In Touch

    Child Care Payment Program

    Need help with the Child Care Payment Program? Call us at 800-877-7882.