Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipends
The Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver stipend is designed to support individuals who are caring for infants in licensed child care centers or registered group or family child care homes by:
- Encouraging on-going skill enhancement,
- Increasing their understanding of child development, and
- Providing a $1600 incentive award if the caregiver remains in a stable employment situation for at least 18 months.
How does the program work?
- After completing 6 months of continuous employment, providing direct care for infants and toddlers in a licensed center or registered child care home, a certified infant toddler caregiver will receive a $300 stipend.
- After completing 12 months of continuous employment, a certified infant toddler caregiver will receive a $500 stipend.
- After completing 18 months of continuous employment, a certified infant toddler caregiver will receive an $800 stipend.
- The stipends are paid directly to the Certified Infant/Toddler caregiver.
- Participation in the Certified Infant Toddler stipend program entails a commitment by the caregiver to the center or home at which they are employed. If a participant leaves their employment (for any reason) before they have completed the 18-month period for which their stipend was approved, they may not continue in the program or reapply from another facility.
Who is eligible for participation in the Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipend Program?
- Individuals who are certified by the State of Montana as Infant/Toddler caregivers by having completed the Montana Infant Toddler Caregiver Certification 60 hour course; and
- Working in a licensed child care center or registered group or family child care home; and
- Providing direct care for infants and toddlers on a regular basis. (Regular basis defined as responsible for a group of infants and/or toddlers on a daily basis for at least 5 hours per day.)
How does one apply to participate in the Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipend Program?
- Applications are sent to caregivers after they successfully complete the Montana Infant Toddler Caregiver Certification 60 hour course.
- Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipends are awarded twice per year (January and July). Applicants will be notified within 30 calendar days of the application due date if their application has been accepted or denied.
- Stipends are awarded in six-month increments and paid directly to the caregiver. A stipend is paid following the completion of each six-month period and must be requested within 30 calendar days of the end of each six-month period.
- Applicants must be active members of the Practitioner Registry.