Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

Little_boy_telescope_340Your child is priceless. But paying for good child care can be a struggle. Did you know that child care for one child costs 40 percent of your gross monthly income? Or that child care is the second largest annual household expense after rent or mortgage payments? In fact, child care costs more than a year’s worth of tuition at the University of Montana.

Child care is expensive, period. And it’s okay to ask for help. Child Care Resources offers child care scholarships to help families with low income cover the cost of child care.

Child Care Resources administers the state-funded Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship to help families with low income pay for child care. Scholarships are available to working families whose income is at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as well as families who receive cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. In order to qualify, the child must attend a licensed child care center, a registered group or family child care home, or be cared for by a legally unregistered child care provider. Each family participates in the cost of their child care by making a co-payment based on a sliding fee scale. For more information, check out the basic eligibility requirements for the Best Beginnings scholarship.

Scholarship Paperwork

You can apply for the Best Beginnings Scholarship in any of the following ways:

  • Apply online (Full Application)
  • Download the application (Full Application)
  • Or visit our office to obtain a physical copy of the application or call us and request that one be mailed to you.