One of the most pressing concerns of child care providers is how to increase quality of care without pricing out families they serve. Here you will find a short description and contact information for all of the programs and services available to child care providers in Mississippi.

 

DECCD Lending Library

The DECCD Lending Library provides information on ways to improve the quality of child care through the distribution of publications and a video lending library with more than 200 topics to be checked out by child care staff for professional development.

Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network

There are 16 CCR&R sites across the state, serving all 82 counties in Mississippi. The CCR&R sites encourage early care and education providers, students, parents, and community members to access and share educational materials and other supplies for children. The CCR&R sites serve as a hub for information related to child care in the state and as a crucial link for families and providers to access other services they may need.

Contact: 1-866-706-8827

Child and Adult Care Food Program

This program provides leadership, guidance, training and technical assistance for local school districts, daycare centers, head start centers, and RCCI’s. Childcare provider enrollment is voluntary and includes partial reimbursement for the cost of food. Children can receive up to three meal types each day: breakfast, lunch, and supper (of which one must be a snack).

Contact: (601) 576-5000

Website: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OCN/CACFP

Farm to Preschool

Farm to Preschool programs connect preschool programs and local farms to bring healthy meals to school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, create nutrition awareness, and support local farmers. This goal is accomplished by including local products in schools and preschools — not just in breakfast and lunch but in after-school snacks, classroom activities, and anywhere food is involved. Farm to Preschool programs also support food-related curriculum development and learning opportunities such as school gardens, farm tours, and farmers in the classroom. Children benefit from fresh, nutritious food that establishes good eating habits, a gift they will carry through life.

Contact: 601-576-7820 or Donna.Speed@HealthyMS.com

Website: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/43,0,213,594.html

Mississippi Building Blocks

MBB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the early childhood care and education environment in Mississippi. MBB offers coaching, training, and technical assistance to child care professionals. The program includes a research- and literacy-based curriculum intervention that seeks to improve school readiness for children entering kindergarten. MBB also provides age-appropriate materials for the classroom, business consulting, and resources for improving communication with parents. Child care providers submit an application for services in the spring; centers are chosen via random selection once per year. Selected centers receive services for one full calendar year.

Contact: 601-898-1400

Website: http://msbuildingblocks.com/