Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

Street Address: 111 N. Jackson Arcade Building, 5th Floor Helena, MT

Phone Number: (406) 444-1788

Website: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/childcare/bestbeginnings/index.shtml

Services Offered: Helps low income families pay for licensed child care during their work hours

Costs of Service: Co-payments based on sliding scale

Application: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/childcare/documents/EligibilityPacketFull.pdf

Program Information: Program to assist eligible low-income parents who are attending school and/or working afford quality child care for young children. Recipients of the scholarship are working low-income families, working care takers, TANF recipients, disabled parents, foster or guardianship families, and parents in high school, college or pursuing a GED may apply for the Best Beginnings Scholarship. Parents or guardians must be participating in the following eligible activities:

  • two parent families must work at least 120 hours per month
  • single parent families must work at least 60 hours per month
  • single parent families must work at least 40 hours per month while they attend school/training full time
  • teen parents must be attending high school or a high school equivalency program.

Non-TANF families are eligible if:

  • family size is 2 with a monthly income of $1,891
  • family size is 3 with a monthly income of $2,386
  • family size is 4 with a monthly income of $2,881
  • family size is 5 with a monthly income of $3,376
  • family size is 6 with a monthly income of $3,871
  • family size is 7 with a monthly income of $4,366
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