What we do for Providers

The Provider Services Staff at Child Care Connections provides direct services to family and group child care providers, child care centers, Legally Certified Providers (LCPs) and Legally Certified In-Home Providers (LCIs).  We are committed to high quality child care and strive to meet the needs of all child care providers by offering the following individualized services:

-Professional development opportunities

-Onsite training and coaching

-Technical assistance

-Child Nutrition Program (CACFP)

-Special Needs Subsidy program

-Assistance to new and prospective family/group child care providers

-Ongoing support for participants in the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program


Provider Resources

Provider Services FAQ's

Quality Assurance Division- Child Care Licensing February 2018 Newsletter

Child Care Provider Portal

Use the Best Beginnings Provider Portal to:

-Access Provider Rights and Responsibilities Agreement
-Access Online Invoicing

Provider Portal

Montana Early Childhood Project Practitioner Registry

What is the Practitioner Registry?

Statewide registries have been developed throughout the country to increase the number of high quality early care and education programs by helping to develop and track a knowledgeable and skilled early childhood workforce, they are based upon an individuals verified professional achievements.  Registries provide important data about the early childhood workforce to help raise the status and compensation for early care and education as a viable and unique profession in our society. 

We invite you to apply to The Practitioner Registry to gain the recognition you deserve for your experience, education, and training in early care and education through your work with young children and families.

For more information or to apply please click here and click on "Practitioner Registry User Guide" for futher assistance

Montana High School Equivalency Assessment-HiSET

Information on Infant Toddler PDIA

Interested in getting your CDA?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 370,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

Advance your career
Meet job requirements
Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
Provide parents with peace of mind
Understand developmentally appropriate practice
Increase your confidence

Click here for more information on how to apply for your CDA. 

Please call Tori or Brandi for more information.

Would you like to learn about child care program accreditation?

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation- Child Care Centers

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation- Family/Group Child Care Programs

Please call Tori or Brandi for more information.


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