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 county fire marshal, county public health, and the Quality Assurance Division of DPHHS prior to operation. Unannounced inspections are conducted annually to ensure the facility meets requirement for licensed child care. 
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. Click HERE to learn about quality child care. 
 
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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