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Best Beginnings Legally Certified Provider

What is a Legally Certified Provider (LCP)?

A Legally Certified Provider (LCP) is a special certification for a friend or family member that cares for up to two children from different families or all the children in one sibling group.  The family that is receiving care must be eligible for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship.

How do I apply to become a Legally Certified Provider (LCP)?

First, you will only be eligible to become an LCP if the family you are providing child care for is eligible for the Best  Beginnings Child Care Scholarship.  The family’s application paperwork (which is submitted to the local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency) is separate from your application paperwork. You must submit the LCP application packet to Child Care Licensing: PO Box 202953, Helena MT 59620, pass a criminal background and child and adult protective service checks (which have fees that vary by state), and attend an Online Orientation class within 60 days of your approval.  Online Orientation is available for a $15.00 fee from Child Care Resources’ Child Care

If you have any questions about the LCP Program, please contact Child Care Licensing: Phone 444-0597 or email

LCP Application

Anyone 18 years of age or older that lives in the provider’s home regardless of location of the child care must also complete a Statement of Health, Release of Information, Fingerprint Disclosure Statement, and In and Out of State background checks. Fees and forms may vary.

How do I attend Online Legally Certified Provider (LCP) Orientation?

Please click here to attend the online Legally Certified Provider (LCP) Orientation course hosted by Child Care Resources online training program. Please note that if you are experiencing any difficulties with the website, training or have any questions regarding the online course (computer requirements, fees, course work, etc.), please call Child Care Resources at 406-728-6446, email cct@childcareresources  or you may use their contact information on their online training web site. The attached LCP Online Orientation Guide PDF will provide you with additional information about accessing this course.