Early Childhood Services Bureau

Affordable ♦ Accessible ♦ Coordinated Systems

The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.


If you are looking for Child Care, please see our Child Care Provider Dashboard or contact a provider from a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency.

Latest Updates from ECSB

Rule Change

Child Care Covid button

Child Care Project Assessment

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship 

For families currently participating in the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

  1. To support families in meeting their co-payment obligations, all Best Beginnings families will see their co-pays set to $10 per month .
  2. To support families and the various scheduling needs that may arise, the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will cover the full amount of scheduled care, regardless of attendance. 

For families that need help paying for child care

  1. Montana's sliding fee scale now expands eligibility to more families (Policies go into effect June 1, 2021, and are based on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act federal funding).
  2. Income eligibility has been increased to serve additional families.
  3. To apply for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship, apply online, or contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.  


Civil Rights
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint. To file a complaint of discrimination contact:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
toll free 1-866-239-0458
(303) 844-2025 FAX