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"A Fun Place To Grow!"

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship

Early Childhood Services Bureau

"The Early Childhood Services Bureau offers Best Beginnings child care scholarships to qualified families whose child receives care from a licensed child care center, licensed group or family child care home, or Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) child care provider."

Best Beginnings Application

ChildCare Training

Early Childhood Online Education

"Child care providers have one of the most important jobs - the care and education of children during the most crucial early learning years. provides courses that cover critical early childhood issues and contain relevant information. Through course activities, students gain practical application and knowledge of the material, which we hope will inspire improvement in overall practice."

Child Care Training

Montana Early Childhood Project

A Project Dedicated to Success

"Since 1985, the Montana Early Childhood Project (ECP) has been dedicated to improving the quality of programs and services for Montana's young children and their families.

We work closely with partner organizations across the state to promote early childhood professional development. On a national level, we are actively involved in The National Workforce Registry Alliance and other organizations to promote a knowledgeable and skilled early childhood workforce."

ECP Website

State Required Child Care Employment Paperwork

All providers and staff must complete a state and federal background check.

Print and return the completed paperwork.

New Hire Paperwork

Butte 4 C's

Community Coordinated Child Care

Our local child care and family resource center. 

Butte 4 C's Website

Child Care Provider Search

Child Care Licensing

Our statewide child care search tool. Find quality child care in your community!

State Approved Provider Search

Best Beginnings STARS 2 Quality

"A continuous quality improvement program for early childhood education in Montana."

"The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals." 

STARS 2 Quality

Family Assistance Programs

Montana SNAP, Medicaid, TANF

Log in or create an account to apply for assistance online. 

Family Assistance 

Positive Solutions for Families

STARS 2 Quality Program

"Eight Practical Tips for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior"

Positive Solutions

Help your child learn and grow!

A developmental checklist from the Center for Disease Control.

"Learn the Signs. Act Early."

Developmental Checklist

Montana Milestones

Montana Milestones/Part C of the IDEA Early Intervention Program

"Montana’s comprehensive system of early intervention services and supports for families who have infants or toddlers, from birth through three who have significant developmental delays or disabilities or have been diagnosed with an established condition associated with significant delays in development."

Montana Milestones