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Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral Regional Changes Effective April 1, 2016

Beginning April 1, 2016 the local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency you work with may change.  The Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB) has consolidated the CCR&R agency service regions in Montana.

  • Any children on the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will continue to be eligible. A child’s authorization for child care services will continue to be the approved care hours for any child in your care.
  • Questions about invoicing or payments should be directed to the new CCR&R. Any correspondence sent to you will continue to have the CCR&R staff, location, and contact information on it.   

The new regions may change the local CCR&R agency you work with. The following map shown by county indicates the CCR&R for your county.


Child Care Provider Rates Effective January 1, 2016

Contact a CCR&R Agency

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Region 1 - The Nurturing Center

The Nurturing Center
146 Third Ave West
Kalispell, MT  59901-4428
Office: (406) 756-1414
Toll Free: (800) 204-0644
Fax: (406) 756-1410

Serving Counties: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Sanders

Region 2 - Child Care Resources

Child Care Resources
105 East Pine Street, Lower Level
PO Box 7038
Missoula, MT  59807-7038
Office: (406) 728-6446
Toll Free: (800) 728-6446
Fax: (406) 549-1189

Serving Counties: Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli

Region 3 - Butte 4 C's

Butte 4 C's - Butte
101 East Broadway
Butte, MT  59701-9335
Office: (406) 723-4019
Toll Free: (800) 794-4061
Fax: (406) 723-6982

Serving Counties: Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow

Region 4 - Child Care Connections

Child Care Connections
1600 Ellis Street
Bozeman, MT  59715-3684
Office: (406) 587-7786
Toll Free: (800) 962-0418
Fax: (406) 587-1682

Serving Counties: Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Meagher, Park

Region 5 - Family Connections MT Great Falls

Family Connections MT - Great Falls
202 2nd Ave S, Suite 201
Great Falls, MT  59405
Office: (406) 761-6010
Toll Free: (800) 696-4503
Fax: (406) 453-8976

Serving Counties: Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Glacier, Judith Basin, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton, Toole

Region 6 - Family Connections MT Havre

Family Connections MT - Havre
2229 5th Avenue
Havre, MT 59501
Office: (406) 265-6743
Toll Free: (800) 696-4503
Fax: (406) 265-1312

Serving Counties: Blaine, Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Hill, Liberty, Phillips, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley, Wibaux

Region 7 - HRDC District 7

HRDC District 7 - Billings
7 North 31st Street
PO Box  2016
Billings, MT  59103-2016
Office: (406) 247-4732
Toll Free: (800) 443-1411
Fax: (406) 248-2943

Serving Counties: Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Powder River, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Wheatland, Yellowstone


About CCR&R Agencies

The Early Childhood Services Bureau contracts with regional CCR&R agencies to offer the following services:

  • Help low-income families find and pay for child care
  • Offers referrals to licensed and registered child care facilities for families of all income levels
  • Offer training, technical assistance, and support for child care providers
  • Initiate projects to build quality child care
  • Inform policy makers, businesses, and the public on child care related issues
  • Advocate for child care providers and for families with children

Services to Families

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies provide referral services to families seeking child care. This includes providing parents with information regarding:

  • Child Care openings,
  • Location of care,
  • Special circumstance information, such as does the provider offer extended hour service, has he/she completed accreditation process, or does he/she serve infants and toddlers.

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies determine eligibility for the Best Beginnings Scholarship Program for low-income families and manage state-assisted payments to providers.

Services to Providers

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies:

  • Work with the local licensing specialists to present quarterly orientation sessions for new providers and provide technical assistance to providers who have been referred by licensing specialists for corrective action.
  • Develop and present regular training to child care providers in the areas of:
    • Child Development
    • Health and Safety
    • Infant and toddler care
    • Sound business practices

Referral Services

Currently, Family Connections MT provides referral services. The goal of referral services is to provide a high quality, seamless referral program to families and the community regarding child care options, types of care available, fees, and the common child care business practices. Starting July 1, 2016, referral services will be provided by the CCR&R in each of the 7 regions.

Distance Learning

Child Care Resources provides distance learning to child care providers through CCR&Rs in each region are available to provide support to providers completing online coursework through Technical problems related to specific website concerns should be directed to CCR&Rs have computers available to take an online course if needed.