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Regulated 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 regulated by the state.

Types of regulated 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." Facilities that have started the process but not yet received a STAR Level 1 Rating are listed as "Non STAR, Started Process." 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


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 regulated 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 regulated capacity.

Last Updated

November 2023