The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act requires all new and existing child care providers receiving Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) funds to be trained in 10 health and safety areas. The 10 federally required health and safety topics include the following: prevention and control of infectious diseases, prevention of sudden death syndrome, administration of medication, response to food allergies, building and physical premises safety, prevention of shaken baby syndrome, emergency preparedness, handling hazardous materials, transporting children, and first aid and CPR. In order to receive Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) vouchers, all staff (caregivers, teachers, and directors) from eligible child care centers will need to attend a health and safety informational session before October 1, 2016. The information will cover the 10 federally required topic areas fundamental for all licensed and unlicensed providers receiving CCPP vouchers. MDHS has arranged for these sessions to be delivered by trained community college instructors at 15 locations across the state.
Letters mailed and emailed by MDHS on August 29, August 31, and September 2 will inform providers on how to register themselves and their entire staff for a face-to-face health and safety informational session. Each child care director of a CCPP-approved center or home is responsible for registering themselves and their staff online at ccpptraining.mdhs.ms.gov. Please review the schedule and sign up online as soon as possible. In doing this, our state will meet a major federally required provision, and our childcare workforce will be stronger. Thank you for your commitment to this process.
Health and Safety Informational Session Schedule and Locations
CHILD CARE PAYMENT PROGRAM POLICY MANUAL
In 2014, the Child Care and Development Block grant (CCDBG) Act was signed into law, reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Fund. One of the requirements of the CCDBG is to create policies that govern the implementation of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), in collaboration with the State Early Childhood Advisory Council (SECAC), has developed a new Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) policy manual that follows the guidelines of the CCDBG. MDHS submitted the new policy manual to the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday, August 2, 2016, and is currently in the 25-day tolling period of the Administrative Procedures Act process for public comment. There will be a public hearing Monday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. in room 145 of the Woolfolk Building located at 501 North West Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
• To review the new CCPP policy manual, click here. Please select “Title 18 – Mississippi Department of Human Services” from the drop down menu in the “Agency Search” box. Once you click search, a list of results will be provided from which you can choose the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) Policy Manual.
• To make comments about or suggest changes to the new policy manual, click here.
• To review the CCDF application timeline, click here.
• To review the Mississippi CCDF policy checklist, click here.
WORK GROUP MEETINGS
|Monday, June 20, 2016||9 a.m.||Room 145 of the Woolfolk Building , 501 North West Street, Jackson, Notice of the Public Hearing available here.|
|Wednesday, June 22, 2016||10 a.m.||Room 145 of the Woolfolk Building , 501 North West Street, Jackson, Notice of the Public Hearing available here.|
|Thursday, June 23, 2016||10 a.m.||Room 145 of the Woolfolk Building , 501 North West Street, Jackson, Notice of the Public Hearing available here.|
Every three years, DECCD prepares a State Plan for submission to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This plan includes a description of how DECCD will administer Child Care Development Funds (CCDF) during the plan period in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Plan instructions. The State Plan was submitted to ACF for approval on March 11, 2016 (please note that the Lead Agency has revised the plan based upon comments issued by the federal government. The Lead Agency does not consider the plan to be final until it is approved by ACF). The reauthorization of the CCDBG in 2014 legislatively mandated significant changes to the CCDF program. For this reason, the State Plan for Mississippi includes major changes for the Child Care Payment Program.
A copy of the State Plan submitted to ACF is available here: ACF 118- MS State Plan 05/25/16. This version will not be considered final until it is approved by ACF.
DECCD provided several opportunities for members of the public and key stakeholders to share their feedback regarding the State Plan before it was submitted to ACF. These public comment opportunities are described below, and a copy of the public comments that were received as well as DECCD's response to those comments is available here: Public Comments.
A transcript of the Public Hearing held on Feb 19, 2016 is available here.
CCDF STATE PLAN FEEDBACK FORM: click here
ONLINE WEB FORM: Parents, Providers, and Stakeholders were invited to use an online web form to submit public comments at any time. The web form was designed to solicit feedback from individuals who did not have the time to attend a webinar or a public hearing. Comments received through the web form after the publicized deadline of February 25, 2016 were not reviewed. The official record of comments received is available here.
STATE TOUR OF PUBLIC HEARINGS: DECCD hosted a series of public hearing throughout the state in order to solicit input regarding the State Plan while DECCD was still in the process of drafting the State Plan. Comments received during these hearings are available here. These proceedings were informal. A copy of the powerpoint slides presented during these hearings is available here. The schedule for public hearings is included below.
|Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016||1-2:30 p.m.||MGCC Jeff Davis Campus, Bldg #4, 2226 Switzer Rd, Gulfport|
|Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016||1:30-3:00 p.m.||Mississippi Valley State, small auditorium, Room 108|
|Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016||8-11 a.m.||Oktibbeha Extension, 106 Felix Long Drive, Starkville|
|Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016||5:30-7 p.m.||Lafayette County/Oxford Library, Auditorium, 401 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford|
|Friday, Feb. 5, 2016||1:30 -3 p.m.||Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center, 1320 7 Springs Rd., Raymond|
FINAL PUBLIC HEARING:A Public Hearing on the State Plan was held on February 19, 2016. The second draft of the State Plan (available here) was posted a week prior to the hearing, which allowed participants an opportunity to review the most recent draft prior to attending.This hearing was a formal proceeding in which members of the public were allowed to make an oral presentation. A copy of the rules governing this hearing can be found here. A transcript of the Public Hearing held on Feb 19, 2016 is available here.
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
MADISON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE,
152 WATFORD PARKWAY,
CANTON, MS 39046
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
One of the requirements of the CCDF program is that states must conduct a Market Rate Survey (Section 4.2 of the 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.
The Federal Government has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the implementation of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act. For more information about the NPRM, please click here.
Follow the links to obtain policies and procedures related to:
The final 2016-2018 CCDF State Plan will be posted on this website as soon as federal approval is received and after a period of public comment.
Division of Early Childhood Care & Development
Mississippi Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)
DECCD | PO Box 352 | Jackson, MS 39205
CCPP inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other DECCD programs: DECCD@mdhs.ms.gov