Daycares, Community Group Homes, & Schools

Childcare facilities and community homes for persons with disabilities are regulated by the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Quality Assurance Division (QAD).

Daycare centers

Childcare centers provide care for thirteen or more children on a regular basis. These facilities are: initially licensed by QAD, then inspected annually by a Registered Sanitarian (RS) from CCHD’s Environmental Health Services (EHS). 

  1. New childcare centers must go through plan review and be approved by CCHD’s Environmental Health Services (EHS) before they can be licensed.
    • A plan review application must be filled out and submitted, along with a $100 plan review fee, before the plan review process begins.
      • These must be submitted before new construction or a remodel begins to ensure that your plans meet all requirements in daycare regulations.
      • Failure to submit these plans before construction or remodel may lead to costly mistakes; QAD will not license a new facility without approval from EHS.
      • EHS should also be contacted before any major remodel or change of ownership to determine if a plan review and/or inspection is necessary.
  2. After the EHS plan review, centers are licensed by QAD.
  3. Centers are then inspected annually by a Registered Sanitarian (RS) from EHS.

Useful links

For additional information on childcare center inspections or plan reviews, call CCHD Environmental Health Services at 406-454-6950.

 

 

 

Hot water temperature requirements–handwashing, dishwashing machines, manual ware washing, and laundry

 

Sanitizing and Disinfecting—Proper use

 

Inspection Form

 

Montana CACFP—Child & Adult Care Food Program

 

For additional information on Child Care Center inspections or plan reviews, call CCHD Environmental Health Services at 454-6950.

 

Group Day Cares (7-12 children) and Family Day Cares (3-6 children) must be registered as a day care facility through QAD, but they are not inspected by a Registered Sanitarian. 

 

For Child Care Licensing/Registration information in Cascade County, please contact our local QAD Child Care Licensor.

 

Jodi Linne, Child Care Licensor

Phone: 406-453-0526

Fax: 453-0504

Email: jlinne@mt.gov

 

For additional information about licensing and day care regulations, you can call QAD Child Care Licensing at 406-444-2012 or click on the link below.

 

QAD Child Care Licensing

 

 

Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled or Physically Disabled are licensed by QAD and annually inspected by a Registered Sanitarian. 

 

For Information on Group Homes and Licensing, you can call QAD Residential Care Licensure at 406-563-4668 or click on the link below.

 

Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled or Physically Disabled

 

Inspection Form

 

 

Schools are not currently inspected by EHS.  The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARMs) regulating schools are currently being revised.   

 

Office of Public Instruction

 

US Department of Education

 

School ARMs

 

Inspection Form