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Need help paying for child care?

We administer

Montana's Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship 

to help families with low income

cover the cost of Child Care.


More parents qualify for scholarships than you might expect.

Before you apply, check out our FAQs.



If you don’t have a personal computer, prefer to have a paper application mailed to you or simply have questions, we are here to help!

Call us at 406.728.6446 to get an application or talk to a Eligibility Specialist.


You are also welcome to stop by our office at 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 202, in Missoula at any time

No appointment needed

If you would like assistance with the application process, have any questions or want other resources, please email or call our Family Engagement Specialist.

Click here for more information

Including the state’s basic eligibility requirements for the Montana program


There is no better time to apply than right now!

Some temporary modifications to the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship rules and procedures are currently in place as a result of funding approved under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Changes include an increase to maximum income limits for the program, $10 per month copayments per scholarship family, and the scholarship covering the full amount regardless of attendance.