Funding amounts are designed to provide operating expenses for a provider to cover a period of six months.
These payments will include a base award, with the possibility of additional funding amounts for providers who meet specific criteria.
Base Award Calculation
Several factors will be used to calculate the base award amount for qualified providers, including:
- The cost of care for children in centers across the state identified in the most recent Market Rate Survey
- The provider’s maximum capacity, as identified by the Mississippi Department of Health
- The number of full-time vs. part-time center operations.
How much will I receive?
Funding awards for base rates will depend on several factors and are designed to provide operating expenses for a period of six months. The base payment for awards will be based on information from the most recent Market Rate Survey regarding the cost of care for children in centers across the state. Additionally, MDHS considered the maximum capacity identified by the information system with the Mississippi Department of Health, Division of Child Care Licensure to determine award amounts. Full-time vs. part-time operating hours are also a factor. Note: Due to available funding, no single provider can be awarded more than $400,000 for their base rate. The table below identifies the base award amount that providers will receive based on these factors:
Additional Bonus Funding Calculation
In addition to awarding grants based on provider size and operating schedule, MDHS will give bonuses to providers who meet the following criteria:
Providers who serve CCDF children will receive an additional $653.58 total (not per child).
Providers whose licensing/registration records indicate that they serve children with special needs (base rate + 10%)
Providers whose licensing/registration records indicate that they offer 24-hour care (base rate + 20%).
Providers who are operating in areas of the state identified as having the greatest number of social vulnerabilities, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) are eligible to receive additional supplemental funding.
Social vulnerabilities include low average income, housing shortage/inadequacies, transportation challenges, language barriers, etc. The Centers for Disease Control have developed a Social Vulnerability Index for each state, county, and zip code in the United States. MDHS will be giving bonuses to providers who are located in the most at-risk locations according to the Social Vulnerability Index. (The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI): Interactive Map | CDC):
- In areas with an SVI of 0-0.49, providers will receive their base amount + 10%.
- In areas with an SVI of 5-0.749, providers will receive their base amount + 20%.
- In areas with an SVI of 75-1.0, providers will receive their base amount + 30%.
Examples of award calculations for providers meeting eligibility criteria:
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