National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation
The intent of this scholarship program to promote NAFCC accreditation for state registered family and group child care homes. See the application below for criteria and how to apply.
Step 1: NAFCC Accreditation Scholarship
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
The NAEYC accreditation process is designed for child care centers, preschools, school-age programs, and kindergartens. Scholarships are available to help pay the costs of the four steps in the NAEYC accreditation process and for the Annual Report fee.
Apply for this scholarship when you begin the application process with NAEYC. The Montana application for initial and renewal scholarships requests itemization of all accreditation costs. Please contact NAEYC to verify the costs of accreditation for your program. For more information about NAEYC accreditation visit their website.
Did you join the Practitioner Registry at Membership status and complete your high school equivalency (HiSET or GED)? See the application below for criteria and how to apply.
This award has been developed with the goal of improving the quality of early care and education for young
children and families, by promoting early childhood education college coursework, college certificate, and degree
attainment. PDIA—HE participants may receive $1000 for completion of a minimum of 6 early childhood credits or
$400 for completion of 2-5 early childhood credits.
In order to qualify for the award applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. An individual must have a current Practitioner Registry Certificate at the time of application. ECP will check your registry status online upon receipt of your application.
2. Applicants must work a minimum of 15 hours per week in one of the following settings.
3. The following education will qualify:
The Montana Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (MECAP) aims to support and increase retention of early childhood education (ECE) providers through on-the-job training, mentorship, and college coursework. Upon completing the program, apprentices are awarded the Child Care Development Specialist Certificate from Montana’s Department of Labor and Industry and reach Level 4 on the Montana Practitioner Registry. MECAP is a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). A RAP is a government-run, on-the-job, paid training program model that is validated through the U.S. Department of Labor or a state agency. Traditionally, RAPs have been developed to support a range of industries and occupations across the country, including skilled trade-related occupations (e.g., electricians or carpenters).
The traditional RAP model combines four core components:
To develop a RAP targeting the ECE workforce, Montana’s Department of Labor and the Early Childhood Services Bureau combined their expertise to create MECAP. MECAP is one of only a few Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the country developed for the ECE workforce.
Facts about MECAP
Montana Universities offering apprenticeship eligible courses:
**colleges/universities with an online option for completing apprenticeship courses.
Earn while you learn.
Financial incentives for those participating in an apprenticeship program (per semester):
*apprentices must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher in all college course work. Apprentices are eligible for up to $3000 total in incentive funding
Benefits of completing an apprenticeship:
Is an apprenticeship right for me?
The apprentice must:
The Early Childhood Pre-Apprenticeship Child Development (CDA) Program is a collaborative effort between Family Connections Montana, the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), the Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB), and the Early Childhood Project. The Early Childhood Pre-Apprenticeship CDA is a workforce development preparatory program aimed at high school students interested in a career in the field of early childhood education that will lead to a nationally recognized Child Development Associate from the Council for Professional Recognition.
Who is eligible for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program?
Benefits for the Pre-Apprentice, Mentor, and Sponsor Program