Child Care & Early Childhood Services

Mission: To improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education 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.

Vision: Affordable and accessible child care in Montana


Our Programs:
  • Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Child Care Licensing
  • Quality in child care initiatives
  • Other financial incentives

In order to
serve your needs better we'd like to know what best describes you.

Are you a parent or family member looking for help finding or paying for child care? Do you want child development resources or information on the location of quality care? Then click on the families icon.

Are you a provider looking for information on licensing regulations, quality business practices, or staff development? Then click on the providers icon.

All other interested parties including policy makers and state employees should use the provider button or the right navigation bar for more information.

Latest from our programs:

Our division is conducting a survey to learn from families how to improve the use and availability of our services. Sharing your experience through this survey will help guide how programs and resources work for children and families in Montana and in your community. All families and providers are encouraged to give feedback in the survey.

Duration: 10 mins
Deadline: April 1
Survey Link: Montana Needs Assessment Survey

All responses are private. There is an optional drawing for five $100 Amazon gift cards at the end of the survey. Drawing entries are not connected to survey results in any way.


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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)
toll free 1-866-239-0458
(303) 844-2025 FAX