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About Us

The Early Childhood Academy collaborates with participating community and junior colleges, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and child care providers to ensure that Mississippi’s family-based unified and integrated early childhood system connects and integrates resources and services for both parents/caregivers and their children. The Office is also responsible for establishing an Early Childhood Academy with a Resource and Referral Center at participating community colleges to deliver professional development for all centers, delivering and managing technical assistance and coaching, and providing leadership to the Resource and Referral offices.

Early Childhood Academy Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Academy is to provide ongoing high quality technical assistance and professional development to child care providers and families through resource and referral services to ensure a nurturing learning environment that promotes readiness.

Dr. Micca Knox
Assistant Executive Director of Early Childhood Academy

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Click here to view the Early Childhood Academy service areas.

Hours of Operations/ECA Staff/Physical Location
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Professional Development: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Professional Development: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Click here for a list of all ECA staff and their contact information.

Early Childhood Academy Trainings

November Professional Development

The Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) Trainings

MECIC provides training and technical assistance to early education providers serving children with disabilities and those who are at-risk for disabilities.
For training and support, click here, or call 601-266-4745.

Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) Trainings

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) provides a wide variety of trainings including trainings on childcare regulations, playground safety, director’s orientation, menu nutrition and menu writing, meeting the developmental needs in a classroom setting, brain development, and toxic stress.
For more information or assistance, please click here, or call 601-364-2827.