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COVID-19 Resources for Providers

The Butte 4-C's is available to help during this challenging time. We are taking calls (office and text phone), responding to email, and checking our drop box on the south side of the office. Our office is open to the public with health and safety precautions in place. This page has resources for families, children, and child care providers to stay safe and healthy. Here is a collection of statewide and local resources provided by our local Zero to Five Collaborative click here.

Informational Resources 

The Butte-Silver Bow Unified Health Command has opened a call center in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). It is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Members of the public can call the line at 406-497-5008 with questions or concerns.

Current Information

Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB) Frequently Asked Questions:

Important Directives and Information: 

1.28.21: Tax Updates

  • For the 2020 tax year, you may receive two types of 1099 reports from the state. One being their usual 1099-N report for typical payment activity. The other will be a 1099-G for the Covid/CARES related payment.

  • The payments providers received must be reported by the state to the IRS as 1099-N or 1099-G. Department of Administration (DOA) intends to issue 1099-G’s that will include a notice informing you of the reason you are getting a 1099-G, which is because you received CARES act money during the tax year.

  • We recommend contacting your tax professional for information on specific guidance for individual, or unique situations.  Please see the instruction below if you believe either of the 1099s to be in error.  This is the usual process to request a correction if you believe that a 1099 has been issued in error.


If you believe either of 1099s are in error:

“Providers should either fax the fiscal department at 406-444-9763 or email at and include the EIN or SSN#. The department will need to know which form needs to be corrected (1099-G or 1099-N). Provide as many details as possible as to why the 1099 is incorrect, including payment dates and amounts.  The department will also need to know who to contact and the email and/or phone number.  Fiscal will fill out the forms to request that DOA process a correction to the 1099.  Providers should also review and contact the fiscal department  as soon as they receive their 1099 so that DOA and fiscal have time to process the change before the April tax deadline. The sooner, the better.” 

1.15.21: CARES Act Grant Funding Reporting: REPORTING LINK

  • This report is mandatory for all child care programs who received funds after 8/20/2020

  • Responses are due by 1/25/2021

  • Please direct questions to the Butte 4-C’s


The Return Fund Process:

  • If you have awarded funds that you were not be able to spend by 12/30/2020, the State of Montana is requiring your organization to return any unspent funds no later than 1/30/2021 if you have not already done so. Remember, expenses can ONLY be incurred during the period of March 1, 2020-December 30, 2020. See your grant application regarding allowable expenses.

  • If you have not already done so, please send a check in the amount of the unspent funds to:

PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

  • Please include a note with the check with the following details: Your organization name and indicate that it is for the licensed child care provider grant.

1.12.21: SBA Payment Protection Program (PPP): As part of the COVID-19 Relief Law, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is reopening 1/11/21 for First Draw borrowers. This round is set to authorize up to $284 billion in job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may apply for a Second Draw PPP loan beginning on Wednesday, 1/13/21.

08.11.20: MT STATE: Gov. Bullock announced an additional $50 million to support child care and Montana families 

  • This funding will be released by the Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB) in four buckets

    • $30 million in grants to maintain and expand child care for school-age children during out of school time​

  • $10 million in scholarships for families with special circumstances​​

  • $8 million in direct support of licensed child care providers

    • Processing will begin on September 1st, 2020, by ECSB the information is above for providers that have not applied.

  • $2 million for CCR&R agencies for administration and outreach

07.22.20: MT STATE: Face Covering Directive including FAQ'S for child care providers

07.15.20: MT STATE: Governor's Facemask Mandate

05.29.20: MT STATE: Governor's Phase II Reopening Directive

05.20.20: CDC: Initial Phase II Reopening Guidelines- Child Care page 40 

05.06.20: MT STATE: Governor Bullock announces $10 Million for child care providers

04.01.20: MT STATE: Governor Bullock's Child Care Directive​

03.26.20: MT STATE: Gov. Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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