Child Care Programs: 
access Substitutes

It can often be a headache for child care programs to stay fully staffed. 

Substitutes are vital so that providers can attend professional development, get paperwork done, avoid the 5:30am scramble when someone calls off and take a much deserved vacation!

Have Questions?

  • To participate, programs must meet at least one of the following:

    • MT State Licensed​

    • Tribal Licensed

    • Head Start or Early Head Start Program

  • We are currently onboarding programs in Great Falls & Lewistown (and surrounding areas).

  • At this time, Raise Montana is recruiting substitutes statewide!  Once we have enough subs in an area, we will begin onboarding programs. Click below to be notified when we begin onboarding programs in your area.

  • If you know an individual with or without child care experience, refer them to apply to become a substitute and receive a $25 gift card once they complete orientation!

  • How do I know the substitutes are qualified?

    • Raise Montana screens all applicants and ensures they have completed all necessary training and state requirements.

  • Do I get to pick the substitute for the shift?

    • Yes, you post your open shift on an easy to use online platform.  You are notified when substitutes apply and you can review their bio, qualifications, etc. before choosing the right sub for you.

  • How are the subs paid?

    • You will pay the subs just like you do any of your other employees.  If you do not have payroll, please contact the Shared Services Coordinator to learn about our payroll services.

  • How are wages determined? 

    • When posting a shift, child care providers will include wage information. Substitutes will view the wage before applying for the shift.  The substitute will have a personal wage depending on their location and ECE experience. If the provider would like to offer a different wage than what the substitute has listed, then they may contact the substitute to discuss.  If no discussion takes place, the program pays the sub's personal wage for the hours worked.

  • How much does it cost?

    • Programs will pay the substitute's wage.  In addition, programs will need to purchase "placements" in order to post an open substitute shift.  One placement equals one shift.  Placements can be purchased as a package or a monthly unlimited plan.


               All new programs receive 3 FREE                           placements! Click here to learn more.

  • Are these substitutes approved by licensing?

    • Yes, all substitutes are on the ECP Registry and attached to Raise Montana’s PV#. Raise Montana has all of the necessary paperwork for subs.  Both Child Care Licensing and the Early Childhood Services Bureau have approved of Childcare Connect Montana.

  • Do I need to get special liability insurance for subs?

    • No, your regular liability insurance will cover subs.  If you have concerns or specific policy questions, please contact the Substitute Coordinator for support.

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