Legally Certified Provider
Federal regulations guarantee the right of parental choice in selecting child care. As a result, parents may choose a friend or family member to provide child care and receive state payment. These individuals are known as Legally Certified Providers. There are two situations in which a Legally Certified Provider (LCP) can participate in the State of Montana Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship (child care assistance program).
In the Provider’s home – The provider cares for the children in the provider’s home for two or fewer children from different families or all the children of one family. The provider receives the child care assistance payment from the State after the invoice is submitted to the Child Care Resource & Referral agency.
In the Child’s home – The provider cares for the children of one family, in the Child’s home. The parent receives the child care assistance payment from the State after the invoice is submitted to the Child Care Resource & Referral agency. The parent must pay their provider in accordance with applicable labor laws.
Please Note: All Legally Certified Providers must complete a basic child care orientation online within sixty days of approval. The orientation covers basic health and safety precautions as well as pertinent child development information and ideas for appropriate activities and discipline.