QUALITY CHILD CARE MATTERS

Preschool

The first five years of a child's life are critical learning years. 90% of child brain is developed by the age of 5. Positive and secure relationships between caregiver and child, including parents and child care providers are an important aspect to successful child development. Early learning experiences can have an effect on life-long successes. 

Quality Indicators in Child Care

LICENSED OR REGISTERED BY THE STATE OF MONTANA

PARTICIPATES IN THE BEST BEGINNINGS STARS TO QUALITY PROGRAM

PARTICIPATES IN THE CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program)

ACCREDITED BY NAEYC OR NAFCC

WHAT IS LICENSED CHILD CARE? 

Licensed child care means that a child care provider is licensed or registered through the state of Montana's Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and has met all the health, safety, and program requirements. There are two types of licensed child care: 
1. Licensed child care center
2. Registered family or group home child care
In both cases, the facility is required to be inspected by Child Care Licensing within the Early Childhood Services Bureau. Licensed child care centers are also required to be inspected by their county health department and fire marshal. 
 
Unannounced inspections are conducted annually by Child Care Licensing for both types of licensed child care to ensure the facility continue to meet all requirements. 
*EXCEPTION: Preschool Programs are not required to be licensed or registered in the state of Montana, but may still follow similar guidelines and provide a quality learning environment.
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What is STARS to Quality?
 
The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a pay for performance program that helps child care providers improve and communicate their quality to parents. It is also referred to as a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
Key components:
  • Voluntary participation for licensed child care providers
  • Free STARS approved professional development
  • Free fingerprinting service for STAR 1 and above
  • 5 star system with research based and national best practice standards
  • Professional coaching and consulting
  • Financial incentives

  Who benefits from STARS ?

  • All children and families in participating programs
  • Children with high needs
  • The Montana early childhood workforce

STARS Providers

Butte:
Kings Kids: STAR 2
Small World: STAR 2
AWARE Early Head Start: STAR 4
University on Princeton: STAR 4
Kids Konnection: STAR 2
Young Explorers: STAR 2
Sweet Pea Child Care: STAR 2
Cradle to Crayons: STAR 2
Kiddie Korner Early Learning Center: STAR 3
Merry Bees: STAR 2
LeAnn Butt’s Licensed Home Child Care: STAR 2
Wee Care: STAR 2
Mini Miracles: STAR 2
Rowdy Rascals: STAR 2
Mini Sprouts: STAR 2
Hands On Learning: STAR 2
Allison's Pampered Play: Participant
Dillon: 
Janet Fjeseth: STAR 2
Tots and Toys: STAR 2
Ennis: 
Ennis Community Children’s School: STAR 2
Sheridan:
New Kids on the Block: STAR 2
Twin Bridges:
Twin Bridges Kid Country: STAR 2
Deer Lodge: 
Building Blocks Child Care: STAR 3
Wild Flowers, Participant 
Opportunity: 
Country Bumpkin: STAR 5
Anaconda:
Anaconda Head Start: STAR 2
Little Monkey Business: STAR 2 
Phillipsburg:
The Nest: Participant 

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This project is funded, in whole or in part, under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the DPHHS. 

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