Best Beginnings STARS to Quality
Providers and Programs
Programs may apply for Best Beginnings STARS to Quality at any time on the Early Childhood Project website. To apply, you must log in as an organization, go to the STARS tab, and click “Apply for STARS”. If your application is accepted, you will be notified and sent a STARS to Quality agreement and W-9 which must be returned in order to be accepted into STARS to Quality. Click the link below to apply. If you need assistance, contact your Local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, or watch the video tutorials.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The CACFP is federally funded by the Food and Nutrition Services of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Department of Public Health and Human Services/Human & Community Services Division/Early Childhood Services Bureau is the State agency which administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Montana. The State agency:
- Provides consultative, technical and managerial personnel to administer the program in the state
- Provides sufficient training and technical assistance to institutions
- Monitors program performance
- Facilitates the expansion of the program
- Ensures effective operation of the program by participating institutions
For more information go to the CACFP website.
STARS Pyramid Model Coaches are trained in the Pyramid Model and will provide training related to implementation of the Pyramid model and also on-site coaching to support a program’s approach to implementing social emotional supports. Christy Hill-Larson serves as the statewide Pyramid Model coordinator.
Pyramid Model Videos
NAFCC Accreditation Mentoring
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are available statewide to coordinate mentoring to programs pursuing NAFCC accreditation.
Programs will have a STARS Consultant assigned to them through their local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. The coach is available to assist programs in quality improvement planning, action planning, understanding the STARS program criteria and steps involved, and will be there to work with the program to meet individual program goals as the program requests.
STARS Support from Businesses
The Early Childhood Services Bureau recognizes the following businesses who are independently supporting Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Participants. If you are a STARS to Quality Participant, please contact your STARS coach for more information.
The State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau does not endorse particular vendors, these vendors have provided this opportunity to Best Beginnings STARS to Quality participants independently as a means of supporting high quality early care and education for young children.
More information is available through the Early Childhood Project.
Early Childhood Workforce Incentives Chart
Leslie Lee, Child Care Quality Program Manager
Rhonda Schwenke, Best Beginnings Program Officer