DID YOU KNOW?Children who enjoy high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to stay in school, attend college,
earn more money, and land a high-skill job.
Find Child Care and Preschool
Choosing quality child care can be challenging, but it’s so important!
Let us help you.
What to Look for in a Program or Provider
The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers guidance on what to look for in an infant, preschool, and toddler program. For further information about the NAEYC’s For Families focus, click here.
Find a Licensed Child Care Provider
The state Child Care Licensing Program lets you search for licensed providers and suggests what to consider when choosing a quality provider. Visit Site
Interested in becoming a provider? Click here for more information.
For more information about the Early Childhood Services Bureau, click here.
This organization helps families across Montana find child care through the centralized referral system. Visit Site
Child Care Connections
This local Resource and Referral agency helps families in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties to access assistance in paying for child care through the Best Beginning Scholarship program, parenting classes, and general information about choosing a quality child care. In addition Child Care Connections works with prospective child care providers through the licensing process, current programs with professional development needs, STARS to quality, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and a lending Library. You can visit the website, check out this guide to the new CCC site, and learn more about Montana’s Child Care Resource and Referral programs.
Head Start provides early education to income-eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and offers health, nutrition, parent engagement, and family social services. Visit Site
Best Beginnings Child Care scholarships
Child care is expensive! Here is where you can try to get some help paying for it. Visit Site or call 443.4608