New database gives parents tools to research child care facilities statewide

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced the launch of an online database with information on 1,500 licensed child care facilities in the state. The database will be able to tell you key pieces of information such as licensing status, inspection reports, complaint investigations, and monetary penalties assigned during routine visits or inspections. Jim Craig, MSDH Director of Health Protection says that they are proud to offer this service to parents in the state.

“For years you’ve been able to locate a licensed facility in your area through our website, but this new database will be a huge advancement for our state,” Craig said. “This is a project that has been years in the making, and we’re extremely proud to be able to finally offer this service to parents in Mississippi.”

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. The search will also be able to inform you whether or not 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 on a 24/7 basis.