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 to for a new child care license, renew your license, update your staff list or insurance document. Here are some instructions for getting started online.

Call us at CCR if you are thinking about starting a child care business or you need help with the new licensing application portal. We can help! We also offer training that is required for all new caregivers.

If you are interested in becoming a child care provider, please visit the Quality Assurance Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to learn about the different types of licensed child care and their requirements.

There is also a toolkit available to help people who want to start a homebased child care business.

Part-time programs do not have to be licensed in Montana. Preschools and school-age programs operating a few hours a day or only part of the year are exempt from licensing. Drop-in care also falls in this category. However, only licensed facilities are eligible for Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship payments, the Child Care Food Program, STARS and facility grants.