PREPARE Overview


PREschool Personnel Assistance, Resources and Education

PREschool Personnel Assistance, Resources and Education

Do you have children with special needs at your child care center? Would you like to receive free technical assistance to better prepare you to work with a child with special needs?   If you have questions regarding your legal responsibilities, strategies for implementing inclusion, adapting your curriculum, providing developmentally appropriate activities, or if you need any other related assistance please contact us.  Project PREPARE can help! 


Project PREPARE is funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division for Early Childhood Care & Development GR#525Q7841.  The primary goal of Project PREPARE is to improve the quality of care for children in licensed child care settings across the state by enhancing the professional development opportunities needed for centers to successfully include children at risk and children with special needs.   The Project provides professional development opportunities, support, and resources to enable educational programs to better serve children with special needs. The project is coordinated by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. 


  • To improve the quality of care for Mississippi children in licensed child care settings through statewide training/technical assistance.
  • To increase the professional development opportunities for Mississippi 's child care workforce while promoting Universal Design for Early Learning.