The Billings Hotel and Convention Center opened an on-site child care center at the beginning of November, hoping it’ll retain employees and draw new ones in, be more competitive in the market and draw in new Billings workers.


The care center is licensed with the state and can support up to 12 children ages 0 to 5 each day. Right now, the hotel employs two full-time preschool teachers and plans to look for two other part-time caregivers.


Employees get a “hefty” discount to use the service, said Sara Trautmann, human resources director for Billings Hotel and Convention Center.


Trautmann took the lead on the project and started talking to Billings Hotel and Convention Center owner, Jeff Muri. Being a mother drove her to push the initiative forward, Trautmann said. It’s the only hotel in Billings to provide an on-site service.