MSDH Division of Child Care Licensure Receives Two National Awards for Safety
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JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Division of Child Care Licensure recently received two national awards for child safety – one for day-to-day activities and one for preparedness in the event of a disaster.
The 2010 John Preston Playground S.A.F.E. Award was given to MSDH by the National Program for Playground Safety for exemplary care and concern for children by creating safe play environments. A total of 27 of 30 MSDH Child Care Licensure staff members have been certified by the National Playground Safety Institute or through the National Program for Playground Safety.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the Division of Child Care Licensure was also recently recognized as one of only 12 states which meet all four standards of emergency preparedness as outlined in the 2010 Save the Children’s U.S. Programs Report Card. The report graded emergency preparedness plans on four standards: evacuation and relocation plans for child care facilities; a family reunification plan; meeting special needs of children in child care facilities; and implementation of a written disaster plan for schools.
“The Division of Child Care Licensure is made up of dedicated employees who work tirelessly to ensure that all regulations and requirements are followed by every child care facility in the state,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “It is an honor for the division to be nationally recognized for diligence and dedication to licensure standards, and I am proud of the individuals in that division.”
The MSDH Division of Child Care Licensure licenses a total of 1,748 child care facilities, including child care facilities in public schools and in 209 Head Start Centers throughout the state.
Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
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Last reviewed on Aug 30, 2010