“High-quality child care centers like Scottie Daycare serve hardworking Montana families, but for too long, we haven’t had enough of them. Before the pandemic, there weren’t enough providers, and waitlists were long. As a result of the pandemic, many providers were forced to close their doors, and waitlists grew even longer,” Gov. Gianforte said. “As Montanans get back to work, we’re focused on increasing access to quality child care services and addressing child care deserts throughout our state.”
Opening its doors in Glasgow in 1994, Scottie Daycare Center provides care to more than 30 children between the ages 2 and 12.
During his visit, the governor read a book to children and sought input from providers and parents, while asking about the challenges they face.
Last month, Gov. Gianforte announced the formation of the ARPA Health Advisory Commission which will recommend the spending of $112.5 million in federal funds to stabilize child care programs and supplement an existing federal block grant.
“The commission is focused on making sustainable investments in Montana’s child care system, ensuring providers recover from the pandemic and laying the groundwork for a meaningful solution to address child care issues that Montana families have faced for too long,” Gov. Gianforte said.