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Early Childhood Services Bureau

The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of child care in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.

Programs and Services

STARS Assessor Position Announcement

The Early Childhood Service Bureau (ECSB) is seeking individuals to assess Montana child care programs enrolled in Best Beginnings STARS to Quality. Once hired, candidates will be required to become reliable in the Environment Rating Scales (ECERS-R, ITERS-R, and FCCERS-R) and the Program Administration Scale and Business Administration Scale. Qualified applicants must be a Level 6 or above on the Career Path and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a licensed or registered child care or Head Start/Early Head Start. Applications are due by December 31, 2015. Mail, email, or fax completed applications to:

Leann Worden
Best Beginnings Program Specialist
Early Childhood Services Bureau
2677 Palmer, Suite 222
Missoula, MT. 59808
Phone: (406) 329-1321
Fax: (406) 329-1322

STARS Assessor Application

STARS Assessor Position Description


April 2015 News

October 2015 News

Best Beginnings Provider Portal

Use the Best Beginnings Provider Portal to:

  • Access Provider Rights and Responsibilities Agreement
  • Access Online Invoicing

Best Beginnings Online Scholarship Application

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships are child care payment awards to help Montana working families pay for child care.
The Best Beginnings Scholarship Program helps families pay for child care while they

  • work;
  • work & attend school;
  • attend high school; or
  • participate in Montana’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Civil Rights

If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint.

To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
(303) 844-2025 FAX


Patty Butler, Chief
DPHHS - Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925
or call toll free 1-866-239-0458