Financial Incentives

Below are financial incentives available to licensed child care providers.  

Childcare Provider Incentives

STARS to Quality Program

The STARS to Quality program is Montana’s voluntary Quality Rating Improvement System, or QRIS. Learn about the STARS to Quality Program, or apply to participate.

View participating programs in our area


Child and Adult Care Food Program

  • CACFP provides partial meal reimbursements to help pay for nutritious meals to the children in your care. You can begin claiming meals for reimbursements the day we visit to sign you up!

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Incentive Programs

The Montana Early Childhood Project has several incentive programs available to help you achieve your professional development goals as an early childhood professional. 


These programs change periodically, please go to the Montana Early Childhood Project to see the latest offerings.  

  • Provider Retention/Incentive Payments

  • Organization Accreditation Scholarships

  • Practitioner Registry Award for Achievement of GED or HiSET

  • Professional Development Incentive Award-Higher Education

  • Incentive Awards for Infant Toddler or MT Preschool Teacher Education Classes

  • Montana Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program Childcare Development Specialist

  • Child Development Associate for High School Students

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