The Latest from MELA

Need to renew your MS Director’s Credential? Register now for the renewal course from MDHS!

The Mississippi Department of Human Services – Division of Early Childhood Care and Development is offering a course that childcare providers can take to renew their Mississippi Director’s Credential. The MS Director’s Credential, along with two years paid experience in a licensed childcare facility, qualifies anindividual to be a director of a licensed childcare facility in … Read more

MELA launches “Leading From Strength” Empowerment Network to Promote the Professional Advancement of Women of Color

Women of color are a cornerstone of early care and education. Nationally, the field is composed mostly of women, 40% of whom are people of color. Looking past the numbers, we at the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA) recognize that the perspectives and life experiences of women of color are critical to ensure the future … Read more

Childcare Providers May Apply for Child Care Strong Grants through January 31, 2022.

As of Wednesday, December 1, licensed or registered childcare providers in Mississippi can apply for Child Care Strong Grants. These grants come from federal American Rescue Plan funding, and are designed to help childcare providers with operating expenses. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is responsible for administering these grants. The application itself, as … Read more