Kids in Preschool

BEST BEGINNINGS CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP

CHILD CARE IS EXPENSIVE. WE CAN HELP

WHAT IS THE BEST BEGINNINGS CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP?​

The Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship helps families pay for child care. The scholarship pays child care cost while families are working, attending school, or participate in TANF. Eligibility is based on income and other requirements. 

HOW DO I APPLY?

There is an online or paper application available to be filled out. If an online application is submitted, additional documentation is still required for your application to be complete. See below for more information.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECIEVE THE SCHOLARSHIP?

 

  • Families who are working and/or attending school and meet the income requirements. Parents must be participating in eligible activities:

    • Two-parent families shall work at least 120 hours per month.

    • Single-parent families shall work at least 60 hours per month.

    • Single parent or two-parent families in which all of the parents attend school/training full time, do not have to meet a work requirement.

    • Single parent or two-parent families in which one or more of the parents attend school/training part time shall meet a work requirement that takes into account the education/training.

    • Teen parents must be attending high school or a high school equivalency program.

  • Families receiving TANF Cash assistance.

  • Tribal families are dually eligible for child care assistance under both the Tribal CCDF Block Grant program and Montana Child Care Scholarship program. hem before a Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will be approved.

APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility for the scholarship is determined by your family's income. If your family qualifies for the scholarship, you will be required to pay a co-payment to the child care provider. The co-payment amount is decided based on the sliding fee scale. You can view the sliding fee scale and copayment calculator below. 

*Effective June 1, 2021, co-payments are set at ten dollars ($10) per eligible family until further notice.

ONLINE APPLICATION

Click the button below. You will be redirected to the online application. 
 
*Please note if you submit your application online, you will still need to fill out additional forms and send them to the Butte 4-C's for your application to be complete. Extra forms can be found below. 


 

PAPER APPLICATION

Click the button below to view and download the paper application.

 

*Please note, depending on your family circumstances additional forms may be required. Extra forms can be found below.

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS​
As a part of the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program, parents may inform their eligibility specialist that their child has special needs. The specialist will inform the Family Engagement Coordinator who will contact the parent. The Family Engagement Coordinator will then provide community resources for the parent and some forms for the parent to fill out with their child care provider. The Family Engagement Coordinator 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 Child Care Licensing here.
 
CHILD CARE LICENSING PORTAL

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.