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.

community-resourcesFind 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.

Family Connections

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 websitecheck out this guide to the new CCC site, and learn more about Montana’s Child Care Resource and Referral programs.

Head Start

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