Child Care and Development Fund State Plan
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. To learn more about the re-authorization, click here.
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.
Mississippi’s CCDF plan, which covers the first three years following reauthorization, was submitted to ACF for approval on March 11, 2016. MDHS received feedback from ACF on the March 11 submission. The plan was modified to address comments from ACF and resubmitted on May 25th, 2016. A copy of the state plan submitted to ACF is available here: ACF 118- MS State Plan 05/25/16. For more information on how the CCDF State Plan was drafted, click here.
A Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System
MDHS and the State Early Childhood Advisory Council have released a joint statement on the future of early childhood in Mississippi, including the future of CCDF-funded programs. 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.
Drafting the CCDF State Plan and the implementation of state plan activities are critical activities for Mississippi’s early childhood system. Biweekly newsletters detail current activities related to state plan implementation.
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 Mississippi’s Market Rate Survey, please review the Notice of Market Rate Survey and the 2016 Market Rate Survey Analysis.
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). To learn more about CCPP, click here. To review the CCPP policy manual, click here.