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State Licensing Requirements and Standards

Licensing Standards for Daycare Centers
Licensing Standards for Family and Group Home Daycare

Worker Qualifications
Primary Caregiver: Must be at least 18 years old and have 2 years experience as a licensed/registered family day care home provider or day care center staff or a BA in education or a related field. Must also have sufficient language skills.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratios for Center Based Care in Montana State
Infants (1:4)
Toddlers (1:8)
Preschool (1:10)
Schoolage (1:14)
Age Range Ratios for Family Child Care in Montana State
All ages (1:6) includes provider's children who are under 6 years old

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
2401 Colonial Drive
P.O. Box 202953
Helena, MT 59620-2953
Phone: (406) 444-2012 or (406) 256-7062
Fax: (406) 444-1742

Montana Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Human and Community Services Division
P.O. Box 202952
Helena, MT 59620-2952
Phone: (406) 444-1828
Fax: (406) 444-2547

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Department of Health and Human Services Cogswell A-116
Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202952
Helena, MT, 59620-2952
Phone: (406) 444-0589
Fax: (406) 444-2547

Child Care Food Program Agency
Department of Public Health & Human Services
1400 Broadway
Cogswell Building A-16
Post Office Box 202952
Helena, Montana 59604
Phone: (406) 444-4347 or (888) 307-9333
Fax: (406) 444-2547
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
127 East Main St., Suite 217
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-549-1028
Toll Free: (866) 750-7101
Fax: (406) 541-9028
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Department of Public Health & Human Services
3075 N. Montana Ave. Suite 112
Helena, Montana 59620
Phone: (800) 346-5437
Fax: (406) 444-1370

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
To report suspected child abuse in Montana, call 866-820-KIDS (5437).

For national child abuse information, call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline (staffed 24 hours daily with professional crisis counselors): 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-2-A-CHILD (T.D.D)

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