Montana is experiencing a critical shortage in licensed child care. All across the state, approximately 25,000 Montana children do not have access to the high-quality, regulated child care they need. This affects everyone from new parents to grandparents raising their grandchildren to local businesses who aren’t able to find employees because those potential workers can’t find quality child care.
“There is a basic need for child care,” said CCC operations manager Kami Ryles. “Especially for infants. We are in a crisis situation. The wait lists are 2 to 3 years long.”
While no one is happy this situation exists, it does create an opportunity for parents who would like to stay home with their children, who have a passion for children and an interest in running a business out of their own home. Opening a licensed child care facility might seem like a daunting challenge but it doesn’t have to be; with a positive attitude and an assist from regional child care service organizations in Butte and Bozeman a successful in-home business can become a reality.
Child Care Connections and Butte 4 C’s are both committed to supporting high-quality child care and assisting current and potential providers with a wide variety of services covering everything from applying for a new child care license, to reviewing potential insurance plans, to classroom and online training in a wide range of topics for provider’s professional development.
Southwestern and southcentral Montana needs more licensed child care businesses from Anaconda to Bozeman to Ennis and everywhere in-between. If you have the drive to start your own business and the interest in shaping the lives of the youngest Montanans, Child Care Connections and Butte 4 C’s have the expertise and resources to help you build your own high-quality child care business. Learn more and find out all the ways these organizations can help you create a way to successfully work from your own home while helping your friends and neighbors ensure their children are getting high-quality care.