Child Care Workforce Stipends for Teaching & Caregiving Staff

Provider Retention/Incentive Payments


What is the Provider Retention/Incentive Payment?

Governor Gianforte and the Health Advisory Commission approved $7 million in one-time-only funds for child care workforce retention and incentive payments through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Providers are eligible to receive $600 for Round 1 and those remaining in the child care field are encouraged to submit for a second payment of $1,000 in December 2022. New child care professionals are eligible to submit for one payment of $600 in December 2022.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services is pleased to partner with the Early Childhood Project (ECP) at MSU to offer child care workforce retention/incentive payments. 


When is this funding available?

Round 1 is now closed. Round 2 completed Certification and Acceptance of Funds forms will be available in December 2022. Round 2 payments are anticipated to be sent out in February 2023.


Do I qualify for this payment?

Eligible providers must be on the ECP Workforce Registry, currently employed in a licensed or registered Family, Group, or Center child care program, and an approved caregiver by Montana Child Care Licensing in one of the following positions:

  • Early Childhood Teacher (Full and Part Time)
  • Early Childhood Assistant Teacher (Full and Part Time)
  • School Age Teacher (Full and Part Time)
  • Director


How can I submit for this award?

Eligible Caregivers will need to complete a Certification form and a W-9 form. Forms will be available at Montana Early Childhood Project (ECP) in December 2022.


For more information

Montana Early Childhood Project

406-404-1624 | |

The American Rescue Plan Act Child Care Provider Retention/Incentive Payments are one-time-only and limited. These funds will be monitored.