Mississippi Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Mississippi or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Mississippi Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Mississippi, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Mississippi Department of Human Services

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R Agency.

Shared Services Organizations and NAEYC Regional Affiliates

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations like Mississippi Early Learning Resources to learn more about their services. 

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Mississippi Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Mississippi early learning standards: Mississippi State Department of Health

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Mississippi: Mississippi Department of Education

Mississippi Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Mississippi’s QRIS is currently undergoing evaluation and revision.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Mississippi state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Mississippi

Understanding the cost of child care in Mississippi is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Mississippi
Mississippi has some of the lowest child care costs by state. Infant care costs approximately $7,280 a year.

Child Care Affordability in Mississippi

The median household spends 8% of their income on infant care for one child. Mississippi does have the lowest housing costs in the U.S., making it a potentially attractive market for starting an affordable child care center.

More Information on Mississippi Child Care

The Mississippi Department of Human Services provides parents who meet income eligibility requirements help with child care payments. Visit their website for more information and a link to the application page.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.