Among topics to be discussed are child care programs and Healthy Families Mississippi

 (Jackson, Miss.) –  The Division of Early Childhood Care and Development will be the focus of the Mississippi Department of Human Service’s Town Hall Meeting this Thursday. This will be the sixth in a series of eight meetings that will be hosted primarily on Facebook Live.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m., and will include Executive Director Robert G. “Bob” Anderson, and Chad Allgood, Director of the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions concerning the topic of the day.

Among the topics to be discussed during the meeting will be a general overview assistance offered by the division, including:

  • Child Care Payment Program
  • Healthy Families Mississippi
  • Quality Support for Child Care Programs
  • Childcare Crisis Assistance in Isolation Response Plan (CCAIR) and other COVID-19 Responses

Not only will participants receive an overview of what assistance is available to childcare centers and parents, but also who qualifies for assistance and how they can apply.

Subsequent meetings will be held each Thursday at different times to broaden the opportunity for interested parties to participate. Anyone who is not able to attend the session live can view the meeting on the MDHS YouTube page or on Facebook.

The following divisions will be highlighted during upcoming meetings:

March 11, 2:30 p.m. – Workforce Development and Partnership Management

March 18, 1:30 p.m. – Youth Services

“Child care is the backbone of our economy,” said MDHS Executive Director Robert G. “Bob” Anderson. “We worked extremely hard over the past year to help child care centers stay open during the pandemic and ensure parents have the child care services they need to work and earn a living. We’re committed to continuing that endeavor.”

For more information the Town Hall Meetings and other matters visit the MDHS Facebook page at


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