BEST BEGINNINGS CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP
HELP PAYING FOR CHILD CARE
The Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program is available to families who are working and/or attending school who meet program requirements.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP
Employment and training requirements include:
A two parent household shall work a minimum of 120 hours each month
A single parent household shall work a minimum of 60 hours each month
A single parent who is attending school full-time, is not required to meet a work requirement
A two parent household, with both parents attending school full-time, are not required to meet a work requirement
A single parent who is attending school part-time shall work a minimum of 40 hours each month
Cooperate with Child Support Enforcement:
Families with a parent absent from the household must comply with the Child Support Enforcement Division, must have a parenting plan signed by a judge and filed with the court, or request a good cause exemption.
The Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program provides child care assistance dollars to help families pay for their child care.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
As a part of the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program, parents may inform their caseworker that their child has special needs. The caseworker will inform the Inclusion Specialist who will contact the parent. The Inclusion Specialist will then provide community resources for the parent and some forms for the parent to fill out with their childcare provider. The Inclusion Specialist will then submit completed documentation to the Early Childhood Services Bureau for approval. If approved, the provider will receive a scholarship increase.
HOW TO REPORT A LICENSING CONCERN
To report a concern regarding a registered or licensed child care facility contact the Quality Assurance Division here.
The Child Care Licensing Portal allows individuals to view the number and type of licensing inspections completed on specific child care facilities. The portal documents any deficiencies found during the inspections and steps the child care provider is taking to rectify the deficiencies. Click here to access the portal.