Child Care Provider's Input Needed; Market Rate Survey

The Early Childhood Services Bureau is partnering with Montana State University to collect child care market rate information. The information will be used to determine the state reimbursement rates and to guide budgeting and policy development decisions.

Child Care Providers may have already received an email from the Early Childhood Services Bureau regarding this child care market rate survey and directions for accessing the survey. Your participation in this study is voluntary and strongly encouraged even if you do not currently have or accept children receiving the Best Beginnings scholarship. Your responses will help make provider payment rates more accurate for all providers. Information you share in the survey will remain confidential and will be greatly appreciated.

You can access the survey at, the main page of the HELPS Lab at MSU. Click on Current Surveys and then select either the “Montana DPHHS Child Care Centers Market Rate Survey” or the “Montana DPHHS Child Care Homes Market Rate Survey” as appropriate for your facility type. Your individualized access code is your provider number (numbers only). Feel free to call the HELPS lab at (406) 994-5205 if you have any difficulty or have any questions.


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