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Mississippi Quality Stars

Participating licensed child care facilities can earn quality ratings of One, Two, Three, Four and Five Stars. All licensed child care facilities in the state are eligible for participation in this program. The more stars a facility has earned, the higher the quality of care that is provided. More stars = more quality for your child.

Facilities will receive monitoring visits and evaluations of their program. The Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) are the two evaluation tools used by this system.

Participating child care facilities will make improvements in these areas:

  • Program Administration
  • Professional Qualifications of Staff
  • Child Learning Environment
  • Family Involvement
  • Program Evaluation

Benefits for children and families enrolled in a participating center:

  • Age appropriate learning environments
  • Educated teaching staff skilled in age-specific teaching methods
  • Increased health and safety standards
  • School readiness through the implementation of the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines
  • Transition to kindergarten plan and portfolio
  • Increased family involvement with the early childhood program
  • Parenting resources and information
  • Frequent information regarding the development of the child
  • Skills that promote self-discipline

This system is funded by DECCD and implemented by the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute. Participation is voluntary.

Participation in the Mississippi Child Care Quality Star Rating System is open to all licensed child care centers. The program ranks centers from a one to a five star rating based upon program administration, professional qualifications of staff, child learning environment, family involvement and program evaluation. At the onset of participation, centers are listed with an "enrolled" ranking until they have been rated. Participating centers are working hard to achieve a five star rating and provide quality early education for Mississippi's children.

For more information about the current evaluation and revision of Mississippi Quality Stars, click here

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Division of Early Childhood Care & Development
Mississippi Child Care Payment Program (CCPP)
Toll-Free: 800-877-7882
DECCD | PO Box 352 | Jackson, MS 39205
CCPP inquiries: ccpayment@mdhs.ms.gov
Other DECCD programs: DECCD@mdhs.ms.gov

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