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Childcare: House Bill 238 improves the Best Beginnings Childcare Scholarship. The bill would lower families’ childcare costs and expand availability, making childcare more affordable and accessible for Montana families. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (406) 444-48000 and leave a message for the House Human Services Committee. Ask them to SUPPORT HB 238.
WFM Advisory Committee Member, Ashlie Wise, provided this testimony in support of HB 238:
"As a current recipient of the Best Beginnings Scholarship, I support House Bill 238. At this time, there is an immense need for affordable childcare across the state. As housing prices continue to climb in every district, it’s vital that we work to maintain affordable care costs for our families. The way previously written legislation orchestrates this program is not affordable and does not support Montana families. Currently, the copayment factor for the average family on Best Beginnings is between 20-25% of the household monthly income. Creating a cap at 7% of household income, as stated in this bill, supports maintaining and sustaining affordability for Montanans where we can."