Early Child Care Development Initiative (ECCDI)

Scholarship Payment Program is Now Open

Program Options


These programs reflect our commitment to supporting childcare educators, improving the quality of childcare services, and assisting providers during challenging times. We look forward to partnering with employees and providers to ensure the success of these initiatives.

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Scholarship Payment Program

Our Scholarship Payment Program is committed to supporting eligible employees in CCPP-participating childcare programs as they pursue higher education in the field of child development.

This initiative aims to alleviate the financial burden associated with obtaining either a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and/ or an Early Childhood Development Technology Associate degree from accredited community colleges in Mississippi.

Qualified applicants may receive up to $1,500 to go towards attaining/ renewing the CDA credential and/or $1,500 to go towards scholarships covering up to two semesters of tuition expenses, contingent upon available funding.

Awardees must commit to remain in the child care industry for one year following completion of the program.

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Direct Incentive Program

Our Direct Incentive Program is dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the hard work and dedication of individual employees within CCPP-participating childcare programs.

Teachers employed by these providers may be eligible to receive monthly incentives disbursed for the duration of the program. Eligibility criteria include active employment at a CCPP-participating provider throughout the program and commitment to continue working in the childcare industry for one year following completion of program funding. Incentives are subject to the availability of funding.

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School Age Reimbursement Program

Our School Age Reimbursement Program is designed to offer financial support to CCPP-participating childcare providers who extended their services to provide full-time care to school-age children during pandemic-related school closures.

Providers who previously only received payment for part-time care may now be eligible for reimbursement, helping to offset the costs incurred during this critical period.

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Early Child Care Development Initiative

The Child Care Payment Program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.