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
-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
Subsidy Program provides supplemental child care to help families and child care providers meet realistic costs of individualized care.
The Special Needs Subsidy Program provides supplemental child care subsidies to help families and child care providers meet realistic costs of individualized care. In addition to an adjusted monthly subsidy payment, one-time costs may be reimbursed using the state's Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship fund for expenses such as adaptive equipment, tuition for specialized training, or individualized technical assistance needed to learn care giving routines for the child. The amount and duration of child care subsidies is determined on an individual basis. The subsidy may be one-time-only or provided as an ongoing monthly subsidy.
Child care providers have a responsibility to make reasonable accommodations to include children with disabilities, developmental delays, and other special needs.
Montana's Special Needs Subsidy Program is part of the overall state child care subsidy program available for low income families. Therefore, a family must first qualify for a Best Beginnings Scholarship in order to be considered for a Special Needs Subsidy.
Subsidies provided through this program are to be used to offset the costs to the provider for adaptations necessary to care for the child in the provider's child care program. These costs must be for accommodations that, in the absence of financial supports, would place an undue burden upon the provider. The amount of the subsidy is determined by completing the Special Needs Rating Scale which assesses the type and intensity of care required for the child.
If you are a provider or a family who would benefit from information regarding the Montana Special Needs Subsidy Program, contact Tammy Christofferson (Bozeman) 587-7786 ext. 111 or Brandi Thomas (Helena) 587-7786 ext. 150.