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Licensed child care capacity for infants and toddlers (age birth to 1) by STAR level in Montana

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Definition and Source



The total number of slots available to infants and toddlers (ages 0-1) provided by active child care facilities licensed by the state.

Types of licensed facilities included in the total: Child Care Center, Group Child Care, Family Friend Neighbor, Relative Care Exempt, Legally Certified Care (In Home), and Legally Certified Care. 
Note: Legally Certified Care (In Home) and Legally Certified Care types ended in 9/30/19. Relative Care Exempt and Family Friend Neighbor types began 10/1/19.

The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals. Not all facilities participate in STARS to Quality and are listed as a "Non STAR." Participants who have not yet received a STAR Level 1 Rating are listed as "STAR Participant." The remaining STAR Levels range from 1 to 5. 

Data Source

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood and Family Support Division


UPDATED - October 2022
DATE - State Fiscal Year (July-June)
NOTES - If a facility had more than one license or STAR level during the year, the most recent record is reported in the data. Head Start facilities licensed by the state are included in these data. Facilities cannot have more infants/toddlers than they are licensed for, however if a facility does not use all their infant/toddler slots for 0-1 year olds, those can be used for older ages up to their total licensed capacity.

Last Updated

October 2022