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Prospective Child Care Professionals

Do you love working with children? Does it excite you to see the “ah-ha” moment when a child learns something new?  Have you been told you are great working with children?


Montana's child care system recognizes four types of child care, and requires that anyone caring for more than 4 unrelated children on a regular basis become registered by the state.


  • A Family Child Care Home has one child care provider with a total of eight children, three of whom can be under the age of two.

  • A Group Child Care has two child care providers with a total of twelve children, six of whom can be under the age of two.

  • A Child Care Center has 13 or more children depending on facility size, with child-to-adult ratios varying on age of children.

  • A Family, Friend, and Neighbor or Relative Caregiver is a family member or friend who cares for up to four unrelated children, OR any size sibling group, for state payment purposes. Care may be provided in the child's home in certain circumstances.


Becoming a child care provider is not for everyone. It is not an easy job. When caring for children you are providing a nurturing, safe environment supporting their development, you are not “babysitting,” you are providing early childhood education. Providing early childhood education is a very important job and can be a fulfilling career choice.


Raise Montana and your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency offers information and resources designed to help you think through the process and open a successful child care program.

Current Child Care Professionals

Are you a current licensed child care provider seeking support and resources to enhance your work? Look no further! We are committed to partnering with and supporting child care providers like you. Our aim is to empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in your profession. Through our extensive network, we can connect you with valuable resources, including training opportunities, connections to partners and peers, access to the latest industry insights, and much more. Together, we can strengthen the quality of child care and make a positive impact on the lives of children. Join our community today and unlock a wealth of support to elevate your child care practice to new heights.


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