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Join us for a Smoking Hot evening of BBQ, Brews, Music, Dancing, Silent Auction, 50-50 Raffle, & more! Purchase tickets here. Family Connections signature fundraising event, all proceeds will benefit Family Connections programs for families and children in north central and north eastern Montana....

Child Care Referrals will not be available on Monday, May 21st due to software program revisions. All Child Care Referrals will be available again on Tuesday, May 22nd. Thank you for your patience....

The Child Care Licensing (CCL) rules have been published on the Secretary of State website. CCL will be working to get the rules into separate Family/Group & Center booklets....

Fingerprint and Notary services are available at our offices in Great Falls and Havre. Contact us for information about fees, required documents, and to make an appointment....

The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s not healthy to stay indoors all winter and wait for spring. You can enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland with your entire family. By following a few precautions, you can keep your family safe, stay fit, and have a great time no matter how much snow piles up. When temperatures...

STARS to Quality Essentials (previously STARS Readiness) is available online at ChildCareTraining.org. All child care staff that have not taken STARS Readiness are required to take this course regardless of hire date. Staff who have taken Stars Readiness may take this course and receive credit....

Children begin very early in life to acquire language skills. Language helps children gain independence, interact with others, and participate in the surrounding culture. Language skills allow children to express their emotions and learn by asking questions. Most children follow a sequence of language development: crying/cooing, babbling, first words, and first sentences. By the age of...

Adults have the opportunity to provide the time, space, materials, and atmosphere to create the wonderful works of art that only children can create. In valuing a child’s first artistic attempts, however, we should appreciate the beauty of the color and design rather than worry about the finished product. Real art for real children is: Personal:...

Children learn about writing by observing people who already know how and by participating with those people in simple writing experiences. Parents and older siblings serve as models for children, showing them what writers do. Children are more likely to want to communicate in writing if they grow up in a home where they often see...