FINDING CHILD CARE

The Butte 4-C's maintains a database of licensed child care providers in Southwest Montana. By providing us with your child care needs, location, and children's ages we can give you a list of providers who might meet your needs. We can also help you learn more about how to choose the right provider for your family.

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Click the button to search for child care openings online at any time or visit us during business hours to work with our Family Engagement Coordinator to receive a list of child care openings. Below you will find helpful information to help you with your child care search.

TYPES OF CHILD CARE

  • Child Care Center

    Provide child care to over 13 children meeting the established ratio of providers to children. Maximum capacity is based on square footage of the facility.

  • Group Home Child Care

    Are settings where two adults provide care for a maximum of 12 children, including the provider’s own, under the age of 6. Care is often, but not always, provided in a private home.

  • Family Home Child Care

    Offer a home-like atmosphere with a ratio of one caregiver to maximum of six children, including the provider’s own, under the age of 6.

  • Head Start and Early Head Start

    Have income-based eligibility. They are part-day, part-year comprehensive programs. Head Start is for 3- to 5-year-olds. Early Head Start serves infants and toddlers.

FINDING THE RIGHT CHILD CARE

Choosing a child care program is an important decision for your family. Finding the right provider or teacher for your child can take some time, so start early! Quality child care is important. 
 
VISITING 
If possible, make time to visit several programs to observe the program and ask questions. Things to consider when visiting a program are provider and child interactions and the environment. 
CHOOSING A PROGRAM
Take your time to make your decision. If you would like to revisit a specific program and ask more questions, do so. If you do not feel like any of the programs you visited meet your families needs, visit additional programs. Once your have found the right program, start preparing your child for the transition. 
   
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COMMON CHILD CARE BUSINESS PRACTICES

Provider Rates: Providers are a private business who set their own rates which may be hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
Full or Part Time Slots: Providers may require you to pay a full-time fee if your child attends part-time or some may have another child to fill the other part-time hours.
Authorized Child Pick-up List: For your child’s safety, providers may only release a child to an approved list submitted by a parent.
Late Fees: Providers may charge late fees for late child pick-ups or overdue bills.
Two Week Notice: Providers may require a two week notice of a child’s last day of attendance.
Sick Child Policy: State policy mandates that an ill child with fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. may not attend a child care for the health and safety of other children and staff.

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