CHILD CARE REFERRALS

Do you need help finding quality child care?

GOOD NEWS, WE CAN HELP!

The Nurturing Center is here to help you find the best child care option for your family.  If you are looking for child care for your family, select an option below to receive a list of licensed child care facilities.  We look forward to linking our families and friends with quality child care providers in northwest Montana.

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Option 1: Search online on your own with 24/7 access.  Select the city and a list of providers will populate below the map.

Option 2: Contact our Referral Specialist at (406)756-1414 or email us at referrals@nurturingcenter.org

TIPS FOR CHOOSING QUALITY CHILD CARE

• Take your time when selecting a child care provider

• Schedule a time to meet with a potential child care provider, ask plenty of questions to ensure that the provider you are meeting with will meet your family’s needs.  Here is a checklist to help you when choosing quality care.

• Look up the provider’s licensing history

• Visit Montana’s Licensed Provider Search and Inspection Results to review provider’s license history, license inspection reports and complaints.

•  Contact the Nurturing Center for assistance

• Using the child care referrals program and our knowledge of providers in Northwest Montana we are able to help you select a child care provider.

TYPES OF CHILD CARE FACILITIES

• There are multiple types of child care facilities available to meet you and your child’s/children’s needs.

• Family Child Care offers a home like setting for children.  A caregiver cares for up to six children at a time with no more than three children under the age of 2.

• Group Child Care offers a similar setting to a Family Child Care.  Two caregivers provide care for seven to twelve children, with a limit of six children under the age of 2.

• Child Care Center serves thirteen or more children with a staff-to-child ratio based on the age of the children.

• Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) is a more informal type of care.  Parent and legal guardians select an individual, often a family member, friend or neighbor, to care for all children in one family or up to two unrelated children.

• Montana’s Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is the quality rating improvement System [QRIS] for licensed and registered early childhood care and education settings in Montana.  This program is a voluntary 5-star quality rating improvement system, which uses research based standards to drive quality improvement in the early childhood care and education settings in Montana.  View a list of facilities in the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program.