Goal: Empower individuals to increase their financial stability.
Montana’s childcare industry is short of enough slots to accommodate our children by 25%. Safe, affordable childcare is more difficult and expensive to arrange than ever, and many families are left using unlicensed daycare providers or making arrangements with family and friends for childcare so they can continue to work and provide for their kids.
Making the decision between becoming a stay-at-home parent or a working parent is difficult, and that’s why local efforts have emerged to make it easier for childcare facilities to obtain licenses and meet or exceed best practices for the industry. This protects both children and the entrepreneurship of those who own and operate childcare businesses, providing a safe, positive experience for all.
In addition to helping facilities meet industry best practices, local organizations* are providing scholarships to help families afford childcare from a licensed provider. This reduces the financial burden on qualifying families to help parents continue providing for their kids and continue building careers to achieve their financial goals.
Together, we can support Montana’s families and ensure children are safe and well-cared for while affording parents the opportunity to achieve a higher degree of financial stability.
*Collaborating organizations for this project are Childcare Connections, the Early Childhood Coalition of the Greater Helena Area, Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits, childcare providers across Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties, Greater Gallatin United Way, Gallatin Early Childhood Community Coalition Partners, Park County Community Foundation, and Park County Early Childhood Coalition Partners (including CCC New Provider Coordinator, Tammy Christofferson).
Programmatic information provided through organizational application for funding.