Childcare

KidsLINK Coordinators LeAnne and Kaylee Grote stand in the room where they provide childcare before and after school at Meadowlark Elementary in Bozeman, Montana, November 21, 2019.
Rachel Cramer

Many parents in Montana are struggling to find affordable, high-quality care for their kids. Several providers in the Bozeman area are trying to fill that gap, including one that says it has a big economic impact on the region.

Affordable and easily accessible childcare is just as elusive in Montana as it is everywhere else in America. At a luncheon Tuesday, a Missoula County group called Healthy Start Missoula that’s supported by a federal grant laid out the challenges and offered one potential private-sector solution.

Healthy Start Coordinator, Anna Semple, says parents now have precious few infant childcare options: