Child Care & Early Childhood Services

CCDF State Plan
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:

1. The State of Montana and it's partners are currently drafting the 2025-2027 iteration of Montana's Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. CCDF is the primary Federal funding source devoted to improving the quality of care for all children and to providing low-income families who meet the requirements help paying for child care. To best meet the needs of its constituents the Child Care Bureau will host a public hearing to receive feedback on the 2025-2027 CCDF State Plan prior to its adoption.

On May 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., the CCDF Lead Agency will host a one hour public hearing via Zoom to consider the proposed CCDF State Plan draft. Participants may access the webinar by first registering for the event after which you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar:

Consider reviewing the 2025-2027 CCDF State Plan Draft prior to and after the webinar.

You may submit a comment or question using our online feedback form. Comments close May 20th. We hope to hear from you!



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