Governor Gianforte, DPHHS Increase Support for Families’ Child Care Costs

For Immediate Release February 21, 2024

Improve Access to child care across Montana, Governor Gianforte, Press Release

New Sliding Fee Scale

New Sliding Fee Scale for Best Beginnings Effective March 1st, 2024.

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Recent changes in law regarding child care licensing, effective October 1st, 2023

As a result of legislation passed in 2023, changes in the laws about child care licensing will begin October 1, 2023. These changes are a result of House Bills (HB) 336, 422, 556, and 715, which are now part of Montana Code Annotated (MCA).

Montana Child Care Retention and Recruitment Child Care Assistance for Child Care Workers

A one-time-only child care assistance program is available for eligible child care employees through the Montana Bright Futures Birth to Five Grant.
View the flyer HERE or for more information click here.
Click here to apply!

Provider Financial Assistance Program

The Provider Financial Assistance Program (PFAP) is administered by the Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. PFAP is offered based on available funding.

The Provider Financial Assistance Program funds can be used for the purposes of:

  • Start Up Funds
  • Emergency/Health and Safety Standards

For more information please visit the application, CLICK HERE, if you have questions please call 406-247-4732 or email

Click on one of the following bullet points for more information!

What changes will I see as my child grows?

How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.
Click here to connect to the CDC website sharing more information about each stage.


Parenting Montana provides easy-to-use tools to support your child’s success from birth through the teen years. Click here to learn more.


Choosing Care Pointers

Child Care Aware

Web Page

Resources for Children with Special Needs

No two birth injuries are exactly alike, so it is important to make sure your child receives a proper diagnosis from a medical professional. After your child’s birth injury has been diagnosed, your primary doctor will be able to provide a clearer outlook on your child’s rehabilitation and recovery. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about speech & language therapy resources for children.

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