Mississippi Child Care Crisis

Mississippi has some of the lowest standards for child care centers in the country and some of the weakest oversight. The Hechinger Report joined with the Clarion-Ledger to investigate how the state fails to serve all its children well, why it falls short and possible solutions. See all our Special Reports

Has your child care center left children unattended?

Search the results of child care inspections performed by the Mississippi Department of Health last year to see if your center is on the violations list

Mississippi to increase oversight of child care centers

More inspections, inspectors, and coaching system next year could make the state a national model

What is it like to run a child care center in one of America’s poorest states?

We surveyed Mississippi providers to find out

Where are the missing child care directors?

Investigation finds child care center directors, responsible for oversight, are frequently absent

Mississippi defies national trend; decreases scrutiny of early child care quality

Experts say improving the quality of child care is important because early childhood is a critical time for brain development

How child care quality could take a hit when Mississippi’s resource libraries shut down

Child care centers relied on the early education agency the state is now closing with no public plans to replace it

Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

Vital programs for vulnerable Mississippi children in limbo as state rushes to meet new federal rules

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How we reported ‘Child Care Crisis’

The lessons we learned about the lack of transparency and accountability—and where to go from here

How to make improvements to Mississippi child care

With state assistance lacking, private groups step up to help

How the military created the best child care system in the nation

And what states can learn from its significant turnaround

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