Provider Services

I want to provide Child Care.

Parents, children, and Montana’s economy rely heavily on quality child care, which both protects children and promotes healthy development.

Who is eligible to receive services?

Licensed child care centers, family & group homes, and legally certified providers in Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Fallon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Powder River, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Wheatland, and Yellowstone Counties.

What kind of support is available to child care providers?

HRDC provides oversight and resources to ensure providers are given the tools they need to remain compliant with state regulations and deliver a safe, affordable and quality service. In addition to trainings we offer:

  • Tips and resources to improve your program; and recruitment, retention and motivation of staff
  • Ideas for low cost marketing, daily schedules and transitions, and how to operate a safe and healthy program
  • How to implement emergency policies and procedures including medication administration and managing infectious disease
  • Resources to provide developmentally appropriate care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • State and National accreditation, standards, and quality rating and improvement systems

What services are available to new providers?

  • Program Management Essentials and Early Childhood Essentials
  • Assistance with selecting classes
  • Technical assistance for policies, procedures, contracts and record maintenance
  • 360 Support

What types of services are offered?

  • Maintain licensing requirements
  • Technical assistance
  • Professional Development Training in:
    • Observation, Documentation, & Assessment
    • Program Management
    • Family & Community Patnerships
    • Environmental Design
    • Child Growth & Development
    • Health & Well-Being
    • Professionalism
    • Curriculum
    • Diversity
    • Child Guidance
  • Evidence Based Best Practices
    • For young children with special needs and their parents and providers
  • Montana Certified Preschool Education Course
  • Montana Certified Infant Toddler Care

How do I find training?

There  are a number of statewide training opportunities for Early Childhood Providers. A resource library is also available for your use. offers online training opportunities.  Visit their catalog here for your professional development needs.

Trainings can be found on The Early Childhood Project website by searching the Professional Development Calendar or call (406) 247-4750 and request a printed HRDC training calendar.  You can also download a copy of our Professional Development calendar at the links below:

If you are a provider and are looking for information about how to apply to the Practitioner Registry, please click here.

Montana Early Childhood Project: The Montana Career Path

Online Registration

All courses require online registration and payment through the Early Childhood Project.  You will be required to sign in or create an ECP account to complete online registration.

How do I get information to the Referral Specialist about my child care?

Our referral specialist can update your rates, vacancies and other information.
To be redirected to that page click here.

For more information

Call (406) 247-4750 or Email Child Care Department

Best Beginnings Legally Certified Provider

What is a Legally Certified Provider (LCP)?

A Legally Certified Provider (LCP) is a special certification for a friend or family member that cares for up to two children from different families or all the children in one sibling group. The family that is receiving care must be eligible for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship.

How do I apply to become a Legally Certified Provider (LCP)?

  • You will only be eligible to become an LCP if the family you are providing child care for is eligible for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship.
  • The family’s application paperwork (which is submitted to the local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency) is separate from your application paperwork.
  • Application requirements include
    • Legally Certified Provider Application
    • Health and Safety Checklist
    • Medication Administration Attestation
    • Immunization Certification Form
    • LCP Orientation:
      • As of October 1, 2017, an online orientation for Legally Certified Providers is required to be completed prior to license approval. There is not a charge for the class. Click here to go to the class.
    • Tax ID Form – W9
    • Forms required for all adults living in the household 18 years and older (fees vary)
      • Statement of Health Form
      • State of MT Release of Information
      • FBI Release of Information form for Fingerprint
    • You must submit the LCP application packet to Child Care Licensing:
Mail to:
2401 Colonial Dr
PO BOX 202953
Helena, MT 59620
Or email to:
Phone: 406-444-0597
Fax: 406-444-1742

Contact Child Care Licensing if you have any questions about the LCP Program:
Teresa Enger, (406) 444-0597 or email

How do I attend Online Legally Certified Provider (LCP) Orientation?

Please click here to attend the online Legally Certified Provider (LCP) Orientation course hosted by Child Care Resources online training program. Please note that if you are experiencing any difficulties with the website, training or have any questions regarding the online course (computer requirements, fees, course work, etc.), please call Child Care Resources at 406-728-6446, email cct@childcareresources or you may use their contact information on their online training web site.



Name/Title Position
Barb Perzinski Program Director
Stephanie Fossum Program Manager
Monica Ayers Professional Development Specialist
Anita Bauer Professional Development Specialist
Jeri Fowler Professional Development Specialist
Wendy Krenelka Professional Development Specialist
Janet Mann Professional Development Specialist
Evelyn Roundstone Professional Development Specialist
Crystal Hill Program Support Specialist


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 Department.