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General Q&A

What is CCPP?

The Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) is administered by the Division for Early Childhood Care and Development (DECCD) at the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and is designed to assist low-income Mississippi families by offering a seamless system of high-quality child care through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidy program.

Current as of 11.15.23

How do I know if my employer is a CCPP?

The owner and/or director at your employer should know if it is a CCPP participating provider.

You can also search the provider on the MDHS provider search site. If a provider is a CCPP it will have the following “Accepts MDHS Subsidy Children” listed under provider information. Click here to go to MDHS provider serach.

Current as of 11.15.23

What is the program period?

The program period is September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024.

Current as of 11.15.23

What if I change jobs during the program period?

A recipient will remain eligible after being awarded funds from direct incentives or scholarship programs, as long as they remain in the childcare industry. Additional information will be requested should such an employment change occur. If you have a change in employment, please contact the [email protected] to avoid a pause in payments.

Current as of 11.15.23

What if I stop working at a CCPP participating provider?

Payments will stop right away.

Current as of 11.15.23

Are there any expectations after I participate in one of the programs?

After the programs cease in September 2024, it is requested that you remain in the child care industry for a one-year period following the completion of the program.

Current as of 11.15.23

What is the letter of suitability?

MDHS issues letters of suitability to confirm that the staff member has completed the requisite criminal background checks and is deemed suitable to work or volunteer in a childcare facility. No individual may work or volunteer in a childcare center that cares for CCDF children until the facility receives notification from MDHS verifying the employee’s suitability for employment.

Current as of 11.15.23

Direct Incentive Program

What is the direct incentive program?

It is a program dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the hard work and dedication of individual employees within Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) participating childcare programs. Employees may be eligible to receive monthly incentives disbursed for the duration of the program.

Current as of 11.15.23

Who is eligible?

  • Any teacher at a  (CCPP) participating provider. 
  • At this time, owners and directors of the CCPP participating provider are not eligible.
  • Applicants must also be at least 18 years of age.

Current as of 12.10.23

How much money could I receive?

The award amounts are based on part-time (15 – 29.5 hours per week) or full-time (30 or more hours per week) status. The award for part-time teachers is $400 per month, and the award for full-time teachers is $800 per month.

Current as of 4.8.24

Will I be taxed on these payments?

Yes, all recipients will receive a 1099 Form. Businesses are required to issue a 1099 Form to a taxpayer (other than a corporation) who has received at least $600 or more in non-employment income during the tax year.

Current as of 11.15.23

What is the minimum number of hours per week I must work to be eligible?

You must work a minimum of 15 hours per week on average to be eligible for the part-time incentive amount. You must work a minimum of 30 hours per week on average to be eligible for the full-time incentive amount.

Current as of 4.19.24

What if I do not work at least 15 hours per week on average?

You will not be eligible for the incentive payment unless you work at least 15 hours per week on average. If you currently work less than 15 hours per week on average, your application will be withdrawn. If you subsequently start to work at least 15 hours per week on average, you will be eligible for the direct incentive payment.

Current as of 4.19.24

What if I change from part-time to full-time or if I change from full-time to part-time?

If your employment status changes from part-time to full-time, you will be eligible for the larger incentive amount after your employer verifies your status change. If you change from full-time to part-time, you will begin to receive the smaller incentive amount.

What documents will I need to provide in the application?

  • Photo ID
  • Paystub or Letter of Suitability

Will applicants still be compensated their normal salary if they receive the direct incentive payments?

This program is designed to be a bonus incentive, in addition to normal pay, for all eligible teachers. If an applicant’s normal pay is affected in any way after receiving the direct incentive payments, the applicant is encouraged to report the incident to the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS).

Current as of 11.29.23

When will I receive payment?

For applications that are approved, we intend to initiate payments at the end of each month.

Current as of 1.31.24

Direct Incentive Program for Directors 

What is the Director Direct Incentive?

The Director Direct Incentive is for directors who are employed by the Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) participating providers and may be eligible to receive monthly incentive payments for the duration of the program.

Current as of 4.19.24

Who is eligible?

  • Applicant must be employed as a director at a Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) Provider. Owners who are directors are not eligible for this program.
  • Must work a minimum of 15 hours per week on average in the classroom.
  • Applicants will self-attest to the number of hours he or she spends in the classroom. We will perform random on-site visits to validate classroom hours throughout the remainder of the time period of the program.

Current as of 4.19.24

What documents will I need to provide in the application?

  • Valid Government Issued Photo ID
  • Letter of Suitability or Paystub
  • Income documentation: Examples – paystubs, W2, 1099, or other tax documentation.

Current as of 4.19.24

What is the Income Threshold and Calculation?

  • The income threshold is $35,364 (which is the threshold for qualifying for CCPP/85% of the state median income) with a phaseout.
  • The benefit for a director working at least 29.5 hours in the classroom would be $800 per month for a total maximum of $9,600, and the benefit for a director working between 15 and 29.5 hours in the classroom would be $400 per month for a total maximum of $4,800.
  • If you make more than $35,364 annually, your incentive payment will be reduced by the amount you make above that threshold.

Current as of 4.19.24

How much money could I receive?

The award amounts are based on part-time (15 – 29.5 hours per week in the classroom) or full-time (29.5 or more hours per week in the classroom) status. The award for part-time teachers is $400 per month, and the award for full-time teachers is $800 per month. Both amounts could be subject to reduction based upon the income threshold.

Current as of 4.19.24

When will I receive payments?

We are optimistic that we can send out payments beginning at the end of May. All applicants will still receive payment for all months where the applicant was employed dating back to September of 2023. A delay in payment will NOT have any impact on the payment amount.

Current as of 4.19.24

Will I be taxed on these payments?

Yes, all recipients will receive a 1099 Form. Businesses are required to issue a 1099 Form to a taxpayer (other than a corporation) who has received at least $600 or more in non-employment income during the tax year.

Current as of 4.19.24

Will the payments be calculated using gross income or net income?

The incentive will be based on gross income earned as a director at your facility.

Current as of 4.19.24

Does the hourly requirement remain unchanged for part-time centers?

The required number of hours in the classroom are the same for all types of facilities.

Current as of 4.19.24

Is this program available to owner-directors?

No. This program is not available to owners or owners-directors.

Current as of 4.19.24

Scholarship Payment Program

What is the Scholarship Payment Program?

Our Scholarship Payment Program is committed to supporting eligible employees in Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) facilities as they pursue higher education in the field of child development. This initiative aims to alleviate the financial burden associated with obtaining/ renewing either a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and/or an Early Childhood Development Technology Associate degree from accredited community colleges in Mississippi.

Current as of 3.5.24

What are the educational opportunities available for the Scholarship Payment Program?

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential – New – This application is live!
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential – Renewal – This application is live!

  • Associate Degree – This application is live!

Current as of 4.1.24

Who is eligible?

  • Any employee at a Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) participating provider in the state of Mississippi.
  • Applicants must work at least part-time hours (15 hours a week).
  • If applying for the Associate degree option, the applicant will have to provide evidence that they have been accepted into the college.

Current as of 1.31.24

What documents do I need to apply?

  • Valid government photo ID.
  • Recent paystub (within 30 days of submitted application) or Letter of Suitability
    • If working at an unlicensed or licensed exempt facility, both a recent paystub and Letter of Suitability will need to be uploaded to the application.
  • If applying for the Associate degree option, the applicant will have to provide evidence that they have been accepted into the college such as an enrollment or acceptance letter.

Current as of 1.31.24

How long is this program open for applications?

  • Eligible months to be approved and receive aid is from now until August 1, 2024. (This includes utilizing your CDA and Teachstone® vouchers)

Current as of 1.31.24

How is funding distributed for the available educational opportunities?

  • We will be providing funding directly to the educational institutions on behalf of approved applicants.

    *No education payments will be made directly to applicants.

Current as of 1.31.24

What is the incentive amount I can receive for earning my CDA through the Scholarship Payment program?

For approved applicants that will be receiving MDHS ECCDI funding for both their CDA training and CDA online application (new credential):

  • $1,000 will be sent to those that have completed their CDA On-Demand training through this initiative (we will be confirming completion of the CDA training directly with Teachstone)
  • An additional $1,000 will be provided to those that receive and upload their CDA Credential to the MDHS ECCDI application portal (we will check to make sure that the uploaded credential date was awarded during the time of the initiative window)

For approved applicants that will only be receiving MDHS ECCDI funding for their CDA online application (these individuals have completed prior CDA training and are working towards their new credential):

  • $2,000 will be provided to those that receive and upload their CDA Credential to the MDHS ECCDI application portal (we will check to make sure that the uploaded credential date was awarded during the time of the initiative window)

For approved applicants that will only be receiving MDHS ECCDI funding for their CDA Credential renewal online application (these individuals already have their CDA Credential, and it is expiring):

  • $1,000 will be provided to those that receive and upload their CDA Credential to the MDHS ECCDI application portal (we will check to make sure that the uploaded credential date was awarded during the time of the initiative window)

Current as of 3.5.24

What is the cutoff day to receive the incentive for earning my CDA?

  • The cutoff to complete the Teachstone training and/or upload your CDA Credential for this incentive is July 31st, 2024. (Friendly reminder that all vouchers for these educational opportunities expire August 1st, 2024.)
  • Please be advised that we will reach out at a later date regarding payment information and timeline.

Current as of 3.5.24

Is the incentive for the CDA Incentive opportunity taxable?

  • Yes, these funds are taxable income.

Current as of 3.5.24

Scholarship Payment PrograM

CHILD DEVELOPMENT aSSOCIATE (CDA) CREDENTIAL – NEW

What is the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential?

The Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early learning professionals as they work toward becoming highly qualified teachers of young children. The process for earning a Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential is outlined on the CDA Council website.

Current as of 1.31.24

What is the contact information for the CDA Council?

Current as of 1.31.24

What is Teachstone®?

  • Teachstone® is a company which helps educators around the world leverage the power of interactions to help students thrive. For this program, we are offering Teachstone’s® On-Demand CDA with CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System®) training for those that need CDA training. The On-Demand CDA with CLASS training allows participants to access coursework anytime, anywhere and work at their own pace.

Current as of 1.31.24

What if I need help navigating the Teachstone® training?

  • We would recommend contacting Teachstone® directly for assistance.

Current as of 1.31.24

What is the contact information for Teachstone®?

Current as of 1.31.24

What CDA Credential specialty am I allowed to register for under this program?

  • Approved applicants can earn their specialty from one of the following CDA options:

    Center-Based Infant-Toddler: Working with children birth to 36 months. The Infant-Toddler center-based setting is a state-approved child development center where a candidate can be observed working with a group of at least 3 children ages birth through 36 months, with at least one of the sub-groups. The program must have at least 10 children enrolled, not necessarily in the candidate’s group, and at least two early educators working with the children on a regular basis. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/infant-toddler/

    Center-Based Preschool: Working with children ages 3 to 5 years old. The Preschool center-based setting is a state-approved child development center where a candidate can be observed working with at least 8 children, all of whom are ages 3 to 5 years. The program must have at least 10 children enrolled, not necessarily in the candidate’s group, and at least two early educators working with the children on a regular basis. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/preschool/

    Family Child Care: Work with children ages birth to 5 years. A Family Child Care setting is a family child care home where a candidate can be observed working with at least two children 5 years old or younger who are not related to the candidate by blood or marriage. The setting must meet at least the minimum level of applicable state and/or local regulations. Family Child Care settings are also eligible in localities where there is no regulation of family child care. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/family-care/

Current as of 1.31.24

What items are being paid for by the Scholarship Payment Program regarding an applicant's new CDA Credential?

  • Required CDA Competency Standards Book (specific to the applicant’s specialty)
  • Training required by the CDA via Teachstone (if the applicant does not have prior CDA specific training)
  • CDA online application fee

* Eligible months to be approved and receive aid is from now until August 1, 2024.

Current as of 1.31.24

What if I have already received CDA training?

  • If you have already received CDA training, you will still be able to receive funding for the required CDA Competency Standards Book and the CDA online application fee.

    *Be advised, the MDHS ECCDI Team is not able to determine if an applicant’s prior education meets the required CDA training specifications. Candidates will need to contact the CDA Council directly regarding their situation.

Current as of 1.31.24

Is the CDA Credential funding taxable?

  • Yes, the CDA funding is taxable, and we will require applicants to confirm their tax information.

Current as of 1.31.24

Scholarship Payment Program

CHILD DEVELOPMENT aSSOCIATE (CDA) CREDENTIAL – RENEWAL

What CDA Credential specialty am I allowed to renew under this program?

  • Approved applicants can renew their specialty from one of the following CDA options:

Center-Based Infant-Toddler: Working with children birth to 36 months. The Infant-Toddler center-based setting is a state-approved child development center where a candidate can be observed working with a group of at least 3 children ages birth through 36 months, with at least one of the sub-groups. The program must have at least 10 children enrolled, not necessarily in the candidate’s group, and at least two early educators working with the children on a regular basis. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/infant-toddler/

Center-Based Preschool: Working with children ages 3 to 5 years old. The Preschool center-based setting is a state-approved child development center where a candidate can be observed working with at least 8 children, all of whom are ages 3 to 5 years. The program must have at least 10 children enrolled, not necessarily in the candidate’s group, and at least two early educators working with the children on a regular basis. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/preschool/

Family Child Care: Work with children ages birth to 5 years. A Family Child Care setting is a family child care home where a candidate can be observed working with at least two children 5 years old or younger who are not related to the candidate by blood or marriage. The setting must meet at least the minimum level of applicable state and/or local regulations. Family Child Care settings are also eligible in localities where there is no regulation of family child care. https://www.cdacouncil.org/educator-pathways/family-care/

Current as of 3.5.24

What items are being paid for by the Scholarship Payment Program regarding an applicant's CDA Credential renewal?

    • CDA renewal online application fee

    *Eligible months to be approved and receive aid is until August 1, 2024.

    Current as of 3.7.24

    Is the CDA Credential renewal funding taxable?

    • Yes, the CDA funding is taxable, and we will require applicants to confirm their tax information.

     

    Current as of 3.5.24

    Scholarship Payment Program

    ASSOCIATE DEGREE

    What is the maximum amount of tuition I can receive for my Associate's degree?

    • The maximum funds that can be awarded toward tuition is $1,500, which can be used across two semesters.

    *All other costs will need to be covered by the student or other financial support opportunities.

    Current as of 1.31.24

    What colleges/degrees are eligible for this Associate Degree option?

    Coahoma Community College – Early Childhood Education Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Copiah-Lincoln Community College – Early Childhood Education (WS) Associate of Applied Science Degree

    East Central Community College – Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Hinds Community College – Early Childhood Education Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree **Pending College Participation**

    Holmes Community College – Child Development / Child Care & Family Education Associate of Arts Degree

    Itawamba Community College – Early Childhood Education Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Jones County Junior College – Early Childhood Development Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Meridian Community College – Early Childhood Development Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Early Childhood Development Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Northeast Mississippi Community College – Early Childhood Development Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Northwest Mississippi Community College – Early Childhood Development Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Pearl River Community College – Early Childhood Education Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Southwest Mississippi Community College – Early Childhood Education Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

    *This is pending the ongoing relationship of the colleges with the Scholarship Payment Program. If this changes, we will inform the applicants as quickly as possible.

    Current as of 1.31.24

    Can I receive the tuition if I have already graduated?

    • No, this funding is only for applicants presently enrolled at an approved program and college.

    Current as of 1.31.24

    School-Age Reimbursement Q&A

    What is the School Age Reimbursement Program?

    Our School Age Reimbursement Program supports childcare providers who extended full-time care to school-aged children during pandemic-related closures and similar periods when the providers were only paid part-time rates.

     

    Current as of 2.19.24

    My provider ID has changed since my facility operated between March 2020 through May 2021 or during that time period. How do I apply?

    If your facility used to have a different provider ID, please fill out the form at School Age Reimbursement Program: Closed Provider to help us connect your active provider ID to the one that you used to have.

     

    Current as of 3.15.24

    Why is my facility not eligible?

    Eligibility is currently based on a pre-determined list using information collected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Current as of 2.23.24

    How much is my payment?

    Payment is unique to a provider ID and the attendance sheets previously submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount you will receive will be listed in the payment section of your application.

     

    Current as of 2.19.24

    When will my payment come?

    Payments are not currently going out on a pre-determined schedule. A notification will be sent when your payment has been initiated. Delays may occur due to employment verification being completed, accuracy of W9 & Payment Information.

     

    Current as of 2.19.24

    The Terms & Conditions state that I need to verify employees, but I don't have any. Does this apply to me?

    If you do not have employees eligible for the Direct Incentive at this time, it does not apply. However, this statement is here in case you have the chance to grow your business or to let you remind your employees to apply.

     

    Current as of 2.19.24

    What are the dates that determined eligibility for the School Age Reimbursement Program?

    The lockdown period dates were from March 2020 through May 2021.

     

    Current as of 2.22.24

    How frequent will payments be?

    There will be up to two one-time payments depending on active and closed locations. There is no guarantee for payments on both location types.

     

     

    Current as of 2.22.24

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