What we do for Providers

The Provider Services Staff at Child Care Connections provides direct services to family and group child care providers, child care centers, Legally Certified Providers (LCPs) and Legally Certified In-Home Providers (LCIs).  We are committed to high quality child care and strive to meet the needs of all child care providers by offering the following individualized services:

-Professional development opportunities

-Onsite training and coaching

-Technical assistance

-Child Nutrition Program (CACFP)

-Special Needs Subsidy program

-Assistance to new and prospective family/group child care providers

-Ongoing support for participants in the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program


Mini Grants

Mini grants are administered by Child Care Connections for Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties. Generally, mini grants should be used for the purposes of:

  • New providers to become fully registered/licensed
  •  Licensing compliance such as balance of funds needed for full year of insurance, egress windows, play equipment, etc.
  •  Professional Development, particularly courses taken in preparation to meet STAR One requirements and to assist with year one professional development plans, etc.
  •  Practitioner registry fees for caregiver not in STARS formally
  • Business equipment such as a computer to manage CACFP Claims and customer billing
  • To assist in continual quality improvement or to meet additional requirement

Mini grants are not to be used for programs 1) formally enrolled in STARS, or that were enrolled in STARS within the past year; 2) whose providers have been disqualified with cause from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); or 3) if they or anyone related to the business have received three or more intentional program violations in the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Program due to fraud.

It is a reasonable expectation that purchases including shipping and handling are covered as part of the awarded funds.
Mini grants are available in a single grant award for a total not to exceed
• $2,000 for a group/family provider,
• $3,000 for a center provider, and
• Purchases paid for by the grant must occur after the effective date of the grant.
Providers must be in business through the end of the spending period, or will refund the State in full. A Provider is eligible to receive another Mini grant only after an existing grant period comes to an end. CCR&R agencies have the flexibility to determine the frequency they will award and process applications. Contact your local CCR&R for additional information.


To be considered for funding please complete the application and the items list (links below). Submit complete applications to Child Care Connections, 1143 Stoneridge Drive Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59718.

If you have questions or need support with the mini grant process please contact Tori Sproles, 587-7786 ext 112 or Brandi Thomas, 587-7786 ext 150.