Child Care Licensing Information

You can complete your license application, update your licensing file as staff changes, or renew your license online. First, you must create an ePass account and then you can proceed. The online process is new and will save you a great deal of time. You can apply for a new child care license, renew your license, update your staff list or insurance document. Here are some instructions for getting started online.


All child care staff (all ages) and household members (ages 18 and up) in home child care facilities are required to complete a satisfactory FBI fingerprint background check for licensing. These FBI checks need to be conducted pre-service and every 5 years after that.

Filling Vacancies and Updating Rates

The families you serve each face lots of choices — what type of care, which facility is the best fit for their child and which works for their family situation. They also need to understand tuition, fees and payment structures. Changes to the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship Reimbursement Rates go into effect 7/1/21 – you can fill out a form to change your facility’s rates by clicking below. Promote your program!

Professional Development

As a child care provider in Montana you must attend at least sixteen hours of professional development each year. Child Care Resources offers classroom training and online training in a wide range of topics and levels to meet your needs.

Due to the safety risk associated with rapidly increasing COVID-19 transmission across the state, until further notice, we will be conducting all classroom training, with the exception of CPR/First Aid, through Zoom. We ask that you use the video feature with your camera on Zoom trainings to replicate the classroom environment and provide an interactive experience for all. Please contact the instructor if you need assistance or require a practice session before the actual class.

Financial Incentives

Quality-rating programs, career development systems, food programs, grants and incentives, awards, scholarships, and more.