Mississippi launches online child care licensure database

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi State Department of Health has launched an online database of the more than 1,500 licensed child care facilities in the state, including licensing status, inspection reports, complaint investigations, and monetary penalties assigned during routine visits or inspections.

Jim Craig, director of health protection, says for years the website has had a listing of licensed facilities, but this service goes much further.

The online search feature is the first from MSDH that allows parents to locate child care centers or youth camps with specific features such as ages served, after-school care, and special needs services.

Performance information is also available, including inspections, investigations, monetary penalties, and whether the facility is part of the Mississippi Department of Human Services Child Care Certificate program.

In the past, information on complaints and inspections was available to the public only by making a written request for a specific facility. The online database will now make this information immediately available for all facilities.

The searchable database will be free to use and available 24 hours a day. Visit it by clicking the attached link.