Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program

The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program is Montana’s voluntary Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). The STARS to Quality Program, initiated with a field test in 2010, now includes 200 providers statewide. Participating facilities receive support and financial incentives for meeting specific quality indicators in a five-level system. Click here for more information about the STARS to Quality Program, or to apply to participate.

Missoula and Ravalli County STARS to Quality Participants


  • Lolo Preschool
  • The Children’s Center
  • Zetterberg Child Care


  • Dandelion Wishes


  • Angel Keepers
  • Bambini’s Playschool
  • Bitterroot Early Learning Center
  • Cuddle Bugs
  • Fort Courage
  • Kid Central/Missoula Parent Coop
  • Missoula Community School
  • Origins Infant and Toddler
  • Origins Preschool
  • Nici Mouse Play House
  • Snuggle Bunnies
  • Spirit at Play
  • Twinkle Toes


  • Doodlebugs
  • In His Hands
  • Missoula Early Head Start

STARS Participants

  • ASUM Learning Center 1
  • ASUM Learning Center 2
  • Beautiful Beginnings
  • Cannon Child Care
  • Child Start
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Discovery
  • Growing Sprouts
  • Growing Tree
  • Hands On Learning
  • Happy Cubs
  • Iddy Biddies
  • Imagination Station
  • KB’s Horse In Around
  • LAB Preschool
  • Little Eaglets
  • Little Tigers
  • Missoula Christian Montessori
  • Missoula Valley Montessori
  • Montessori Plus International
  • Ravalli Early Head Start
  • Small Wonders
  • St. Joseph Early Education
  • YMCA Preschool
  • YMCA Early Preschool