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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.


What's New?

Updates & Communication for families receiving the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

Updates & Communication for Child Care Providers that serve families receiving the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

 

Community Forums

We are pleased to announce that the Early Childhood Services Bureau and the Child Care Licensing Program will be holding joint community forums in selected cities this Fall.  The purpose of these forums is to have a discussion with parents, providers, and community members about the Child Care and Development Fund 2019-2021 State Plan. The State Plan defines health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlines family-friendly eligibility policies, and details requirements for parents and the general public to have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.  The community forums will provide information on regulations, market rate and reimbursement, and changes in licensing rules.  Two hours of approved training hours will be available for licensed child care providers. 

The cities and dates, as well as contact information to call for location are listed below:

City

Date

Time

Contact

Contact Information

Miles City

September 19

6:30

District 7 HRDC

406-247-4732

Billings

September 20

6:30

District 7 HRDC

406-247-4732

Butte

October 3

6:30

Butte 4-C’s

406-723-4019

Kalispell

October 9

6:30

The Nurturing Center

406-756-1414

Missoula

October 10

7:00

Child Care Resources

406-728-6446

Bozeman

October 17

6:30

Child Care Connections

406-587-7786

Havre

November 6

6:30

Family Connections MT

406-761-6010

Great Falls

November 7

6:30

Family Connections MT

406-761-6010

Helena*

November 13

6:30

Child Care Connections

406-587-7786

(*The Helena forum will also be available in an audio/video format)                               

We look forward to seeing you.

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Sliding Fee Scale Change

The Early Childhood Services Bureau is pleased to announce the update of the existing Sliding Fee Scale used for eligibility determination.  This updates eligibility based on the 2018 Federal Poverty Index, and may change the rate of co-payment calculation based on the income and family size. View the updates to the sliding fee scale.

ERS Author's Notes and Montana Notes Combined - Updated September 2018

2018 Montana Early Childhood Conference

October 18-20, 2018
Fairmont, Montana

New Flyer for Families and Providers: Best Beginnings Scholarship Program: Supporting Montana Families and Providers with Child Care Financial Assistance

The Early Childhood Services Bureau administers the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). Through the CCDF, families and providers are supported in many ways:

  • Equal access for families through the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program
  • Reliable complaint process for families and providers
  • Child Care Resource and Referral agencies across the state
  • STARS to Quality, Montana’s Quality Rating and Improvement System
  • Health and safety standards met by all licensed providers
  • Transparent licensing inspection and monitoring information

2019-2021 CCDF State Plan Public Comments Report


Video Resources

Demonstration of Pyramid Model Practices

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
https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/filing-a-complaint/complaint-process/index.html
or
Patty Butler, Chief
DPHHS - Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925