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  • What will the rent be at Cold Springs?
    The monthly rent + utilities at Cold Springs will be around $700/month per room. Some utilities will fluctuate throughout the year depending on their usage.
  • Is MCCA free for providers?
    Providers that are selected to join the MCCA at Cold Springs will have to pay rent + utilities for their space, however, MCPS has agreed to significantly offset the rent. We anticipate that rent + utilities will cost between $500-$800/month. Once the network expands to interested providers not co-located in Cold Springs, there will be no fee for providers to join.
  • What if I am not selected as a participating provider at Cold Springs?
    We've got good news! Being co-located within Cold Springs will not be the only opportunity to participate in MCCA. Our goal is to expand to any interested provider in Missoula after about a year or so of operating at Cold Springs. At that time, any provider can join and benefit from the shared services that we offer.
  • Can anyone join the waitlist or do you have to work for a business member?
    After 6 months of operating, we will allow anyone looking for care to access the waitlist and enrollment portal. However, if you work for one of the businesses who have purchased a membership for their staff, then you will always receive priority access.
  • Does this mean that care is less expensive for families?
    While we understand that the cost of child care is expensive for families right now, MCCA will not be deciding the cost of care on behalf of providers. Since the programs that move into the building will be their own independent businesses, it is really up to them to set the cost of care.
  • As an interested provider, what if I wanted to apply for two rooms?
    If you are interested in MCCA and it sounds like a good fit, we encourage you to apply! Since this is a pilot, we would like to have as many businesses as possible in the starting network so that we can learn as much as we can before expanding. With that being said, it will really depend on how many providers apply. Keep an eye out for the application when it opens in July, we will have specific questions about what your plan is for multiple rooms.
  • What size program is best suited for the rooms at Cold Springs?
    The rooms are around 750 square feet and are most ideal for group sized programs!
  • When does the application for providers open?
    The application will open in Mid July 2023!
  • Are child care slots guaranteed for employees of participating business members?
    This is a great question and common misconception about MCCA. Businesses who join MCCA as network members are paying for membership as an HR advantage on behalf of their staff. They are paying for preferred access to the waitlist, not for guaranteed spots. Why is this?! ⬇️ Families have a variety of needs for their children, between the times and days. Child care slots are not one size fits all. If a business were to pay just for guaranteed slots, those slots may not suit the needs of their employees and would sit vacant. This would be a disadvantage for both providers and families.
  • What if I find child care within the MCCA network and I am unsatisfied with the care my child is receiving?
    In the event that a family is unsatisfied with the care they are receiving and would like to switch providers, they will need to re-enter the waitlist and enrollment portal. If they are employees of a business member, they will continue to receive preferred access to the waitlist and can select the providers they wish to be on the waitlist for. It is important to note that within the MCCA network, we encourage families and providers to form their own relationships. Providers in our network are autonomous and individual businesses, MCCA is not acting as a director of their business in any way.
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