A child care provider group said the state does not spend enough on child care and does not wisely spend the funds it does have.
“The needs of so many low-income children are not being met,” said Carolyn Todd, director of a Senatobia day care center.
Todd, along with Melissa Cox, director of a now closed Heavens’ Treasure Day-Care in Fulton and Lynne Black of the Little Leap Academy in Tupelo, were among the speakers at a news briefing held Thursday in Jackson by the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative.
They said two programs run by the state Department of Human Services are not filling the needs of low-income families. Carol Burnett, executive director of the initiative, said 13,000 children are on a waiting list to receive certificates to help pay for child care.