A Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System
MDHS and the State Early Childhood Advisory Council (SECAC) have released a joint statement on the future of early childhood in Mississippi, including the future of programs funded by the federal Child Care and Development Fund. A Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System outlines an early childhood system underpinned by common case management, a collaborative referral process, and an integrated data system unlike any other in the country. Implementation of Mississippi’s early childhood system is a collaborative effort of all state agencies, the office of Governor Bryant, early care and education providers, and the SECAC.
Watch the new video from the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) to learn more about how child care providers can achieve, demonstrate and sustain high-quality early care and learning in Mississippi.
The Child Care and Development Fund in Mississippi
In 2014, Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. This legislation reauthorized the expense of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) for the first time since 1996. The CCDF directs millions of dollars to each state and territory to fund programs and initiatives that best align with the state/territory’s strategic plans for early childhood. Every three years, Mississippi shall prepare a CCDF State Plan for submission to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This plan will include a description of how the state (under the administration of the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development at the Mississippi Department of Human Services) will administer funds during the plan period in accordance with the requirements set forth in the plan instructions.
Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)
The reauthorization of the CCDF in 2014 legislatively mandated significant changes to how states operate programs supported by the fund. For this reason, Mississippi’s CCDF plan includes major changes to the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP). Learn more about the CCPP and review the new CCPP Policy Manual.
Market Rate Survey
One of the requirements of the CCDF is that states must conduct a Market Rate Survey (Section 4.2 of the CCDF State Plan). For more information about the Mississippi Department of Human Services Market Rate Survey, please review the Summary Table of Rate Changes, the Market Rate Survey Detailed Report, the Notice of Final Market Rate Survey Detailed Report, and the MDHS Sliding Fee Scale and Family Co-Payment Fees.