Become a Child Care Provider


Individuals providing child care in the State of Montana must be registered or licensed if they are caring for more than two children. There are four different registrations/ licenses for child care facilities. First determine what type of care setting you wish to provide:








*Part-time programs such as before school, drop-in, after school, and preschool programs are not required to be licensed. However, only licensed facilities are eligible for Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship payments, the Child Care Food Program, STARS, and facility grants.


1. Complete a State of Montana Child Care Application.


2. Complete a Criminal Background Check and Child Protective Services Background Check. Fingerprinting services are available at the Butte 4-C's.

3. Obtain liability insurance for the child care facility even if it is in your home.

4. Complete pre-service building inspection.

  • Child Care Licensing Staff inspect centers twice a year.

  • Health and fire officials visit once a year.

5. Complete pre-service training.

  • The owner/director is required to be educated or experienced in early care and education.

  • All caregivers who work 500 hours or more a year are required to attend 16 hours of annual training.

  • Center directors are required to attend 16 hours of annual training.

  • Directors and caregivers are also required to have certification in Adult, Child and Infant CPR and First Aid.

Applications, background checks, and proof of insurance are submitted to Quality Assurance Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. 

Professional Development Specialists at the Butte 4-C’s are available to visit your child care environment to answer questions and provide technical assistance.

Registered Family Child Care

One child care provider may care for up to six children.

Registered Group Child Care Homes

Two child care providers may care for up to twelve children.

Licensed Center

Provide child care to over 13 children meeting the established ratio of providers to children.

Family Friend and Neighbor Care

Care for two children from separate families OR all of the children from one family.

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