Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship


Your child is priceless. But paying for good child care can be a struggle and it’s okay to ask for help. Child Care Resources offers child care scholarships to families with qualified income to help cover the cost of child care.

Child Care Resources administers the state-funded Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship to help families 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.

Origins Education requires that you be responsible for your co-pay along with a reduced daily or hourly rate. Tuition must be paid in full while your application is being processed, and if you qualify, you will receive a credit once payment is made. Tuition for the month is still due, in full, at the first of each month.

For more information, check out the basic eligibility requirements for the Best Beginnings scholarship.

Scholarship Paperwork

You can apply for the Best Beginnings Scholarship in any of the following ways:

  • Apply online (Full Application)

  • Download the application (Full Application)

  • Or visit Childcare Resources office at 105 E. Pine Street (Lower Level) in downtown Missoula to obtain a physical copy of the application or call them at 406-728-6446 and request that one be mailed to you.