Early Childhood Services Bureau

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 The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.


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What's New?

Proposed Changes to Child Care Licensing Rules

Proposed Notice for MAR 37-959 is proposing new Rules and amending many Rules pertaining to child care licensing.  Please read the Proposed Notice to find the proposed changes and rationale explaining why it is necessary.

  • A Public Hearing is scheduled on October 28, 2021 at 1 pm via Zoom. Please see the Proposed Notice, Page 1, on how to access the Public Hearing. Data, views, and arguments can be given orally or in writing at the hearing.
  • Written data, views, or arguments can be submitted by mail, fax, or email by November 5, 2021 at 5 pm, in any of the following ways:
    • Heidi Clark, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Legal Affairs
    • P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT59604-4210
    • Fax: (406) 444-9744
    • Email: dphhslegal@mt.gov

Did You Know graphicUpdates and Expanded Eligibility for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship 

For families currently participating in the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

  • To support families in meeting their co-payment obligations, all Best Beginnings families will see their co-pays set to $10 per month 
  • To support families and the various scheduling needs that may arise, the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will cover the full amount of scheduled care, regardless of attendance 

For families that need help paying for child care

  • Montana's sliding fee scale now expands eligibility to more families (Policies go into effect June 1, 2021, and are based on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act federal funding)
  • Income eligibility has been increased to serve additional families

To apply for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship, apply online, or contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.  

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Civil Rights
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint. To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
toll free 1-866-239-0458
(303) 844-2025 FAX
Patty Butler, Chief
DPHHS - Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925