The Best Beginnings Childcare Scholarship (BB) is supporting families and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholarship has made temporary changes to support continuity of care for children and families and assist childcare providers in the continued stabilization of their businesses. These temporary policies went into effective on June 1, 2021, and will continue as funding allows.
How will the scholarship support families, children, and childcare providers?
- The scholarship will pay for a child’s monthly authorized amount regardless of a child’s attendance during the month.
- All families with children receiving the scholarship will have a $10 monthly copayment, regardless of income level.
Will the scholarship pay the monthly authorized amount if the child doesn’t attend during the month?
Yes, the scholarship may pay the monthly authorized amount for a child receiving the scholarship. A child receiving the scholarship must have attended at least once during the previous month at the childcare facility.
Does a childcare provider need to indicate attendance on an invoice?
Yes, a childcare provider must indicate a child’s actual attendance on the invoice. A child’s time in and time out must be listed daily. If the child is absent, the provider will state “Absent” in the comments on a day.
With reduced copayments, does a family still pay a childcare provider?
A family is responsible to pay the monthly $10 copayment directly to the childcare provider. The childcare provider indicates on the monthly invoice if the monthly copayment has been received.
Websites for more information:
- APPLY ONLINE
- Download and print the application
- Early Childhood Services Bureau
- Childcare Policy Manual
- Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies
- Provider Portal