What we do for Providers

The Provider Services Staff at Child Care Connections provides direct services to family and group child care providers, child care centers, Legally Certified Providers (LCPs) and Legally Certified In-Home Providers (LCIs).  We are committed to high quality child care and strive to meet the needs of all child care providers by offering the following individualized services:

-Professional development opportunities

-Onsite training and coaching

-Technical assistance

-Child Nutrition Program (CACFP)

-Special Needs Subsidy program

-Assistance to new and prospective family/group child care providers

-Ongoing support for participants in the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program


Provider Trainings

Child Care Connections offers child care providers and early care professionals an assortment of trainings and workshops throughout the year.

Provider Trainings

Training Calendar 2016-2017 Bozeman

Training Calendar 2016-2017 Helena

Training Policies & Procedures

New Teacher Orientation

Montana High School Equivalency Assessment


To register for these classes please contact Tammy Christofferson (Bozeman classes) at 587-7786 ext. 111 or Brandi Thomas (Helena classes) at 587-7786 ext. 150. Fee: $40 is paid to the instructor on the day of the training.

Bozeman Helena
  • December 6th 6:00 -9:30pm
  • January 11th  9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • February 8th   6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • March 7th  9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • April 18th  6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • May 17th  9:00  – 12:30 p.m.
  • June 13th 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • July 12th   9:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • August 9th 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 12th  9:00–12:30 p.m.
  • December 14th 9-12:30
  • January 25th 6-9:30
  • February 8th 9-12:30
  • March 22nd 6-9:30
  • April 12th 9-12:30
  • May 17th 6-9:30
  • June 14th 9-12:30
  • July 19th 6-9:30
  • August 9th 9-12:30
  • September 13th 6-9:30

Child Care Connections offers child care providers (and early care professionals) an assortment of trainings and workshops throughout the year. Research has shown that the amount of training an early care professional receives has a direct and immediate effect on the quality of the program. For this reason, the State of Montana requires that all early care educators receive at least 8 hours of on-going training annually.

Child Care Connections distributes a provider survey every year from which they determine the level of interest in various topics. Each topic falls into one of the 11 core areas of the early care knowledge base. These core areas are:

  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Child Guidance
  • Environmental Design
  • Curriculum
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Program Management
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Professionalism
  • Cultural and Developmental Diversity
  • Personal Attributes
BEST – Bringing Early Success Training to Providers

BEST, the Bringing Early Success Training, is a mentorship training available through Child Care Connections that is recommended for new child care program owners, child care providers who are new to the field of Early Childhood Education, and anyone who wants to learn the basics of child development and guidance, health and safety, professionalism, and working with families. BEST is available to directors and staff in family, group or center programs and can be tailored to fit your busy schedules! The training can be done individually or in small groups of participants from the same program. Through on-site visits with a trainer along with readings, resources, and activities that you can complete on your own time, participants will receive 23 hours of training for only $25! Please contact Tammy at Child Care Connections, 587-7786 for more information or to sign up.

Online Trainings

www.childcaretraining.org offers an array of early childhood courses that can be completed anytime, anywhere with guaranteed grading in three business days.

Statewide training calendar www.mtecp.org/registry/