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Mississippi Awarded $10.6 Million Federal Grant for Early Childhood Development

January 8, 2019

A collaborative effort among state agencies was recently successful when Gov. Phil Bryant announced that $10.6 million was awarded to the state from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the scope of early childhood development for children ages 0-8 in Mississippi. Read the full announcement here and download the grant proposal here.

EMCC Open House

The Early Childhood Academy welcomes a new location in Mayhew! Click here to learn more.

MDHS has made new market rate information available

May 15, 2018

Please click here for the Summary Table of Rate Changes, Market Rate Survey Detailed Report, and Notice of Final Market Rate Survey Detailed Report.

Updated Standard Application Deadlines

December 19, 2017

Due to ECA and PIP Technical Support call center holiday closings, deadlines have been extended to allow providers access to these resources. Due date adjustments for child care redetermination are as follows:

Previous Deadline: 12/21/17 New Deadline: 1/18/18
Previous Deadline: 12/28/17 New Deadline: 1/25/18
Previous Deadline: 1/4/18 New Deadline: 2/1/18

Coahoma Open House

September 20, 2017

The Early Childhood Academy welcomes a new location in Coahoma! Click here to learn more.

Child Care Payment Program August Newsletter

August 16, 2017

Read the August issue of the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) Newsletter! The newsletter is dedicated to keeping everyone updated on information related to the CCPP. Click here to read the latest newsletter.

September Health and Safety Training Session Schedule and Locations

August 7, 2017

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is excited to announce that beginning in September, child care center staff will have the option of completing health and safety training online. Staff interested in this online training or in attending a face-to-face training session will still be required to register through MDHS’s online system at .

The next round of face-to-face health and safety sessions will be conducted throughout September. Click here to view a list of face-to-face health and safety training dates and locations.

MDHS Application Overview Video

June 29, 2017

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.

Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System

In December 2016, SECAC and MDHS presented Mississippi’s plan for early childhood to Governor Phil Bryant titled, “A Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System.” The plan takes into account the whole life of a child through three areas of child development: (1) early care and learning; (2) health, mental health, safety and nutrition; and (3) family engagement. As part of the plan, MDHS is developing a system that promotes the best outcome for the child by supporting family as a whole; providing continuity of learning from birth to 5 in order to prepare children to enter into kindergarten; and beginning with the child care center as the starting point for high-quality early care and learning.

Click here to read “A Family-Based Unified and Integrated Early Childhood System.”