Child Care Resources helps low-income parents pay for child care and offers information about how to choose quality child care. Additionally, Child Care Resources offers training/coaching to child care providers to help them deliver high-quality services. This includes coaching about how to care for children with special needs and how to address challenging behavior. Child Care Resources also provides meal reimbursements to support part of the cost of nutritious meals served in child care.
Child Care Resources has three main programs.
- Scholarship Program
- Professional Development
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
Child Care Resources’ Family Services focuses on providing families in the Missoula community with the education and services they need to find and pay for quality 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, visit FAQs for Parents.
In addition to helping parents qualify for child care scholarships, Child Care Resources also authorizes scholarship payments to child care providers. Child Care Resources is committed to offering high-quality professional development opportunities and support to early childhood professionals throughout their careers. Excellent child care facilities do not just happen – they are developed by dedicated professionals. In addition, we provide technical assistance, plus various forms of training, including classroom workshops and online classes for new and existing providers. For more information, visit FAQs for Providers.
Lastly, Child Care Resources is a sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program educates child care providers on developing healthy menus and provides partial reimbursement for the cost of nutritious meals served to the children in their care. To find out more, visit the Child and Adult Care Food Program.