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Best Beginnings Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipend Program

Feb 9, 2016

The Best Beginnings Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipend program seeks to help early childhood programs retain certified infant toddler caregivers.

The stipend is designed to support individuals who are caring for infants in licensed child care centers or registered group or family child care homes. After completing 6, 12 and 18 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 is eligible to receive a stipend. Eligible are those

a. 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

b. Working in a licensed child care center or registered group or family child care home; and

c. 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.)

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.

Stipend recipients must be certified by the state of Montana as infant/toddler caregivers and be active members of the Montana Early Childhood Project’s Practitioner Registry.

Learn more about the Montana Best Beginnings Certified Infant Toddler Caregiver Stipend Program at

Updated January 2016

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