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CONGRADULATIONS TO OUR FEBRUARY FEATURE TEACHER WINNER ANGELA TOLDNESS! FEATURE TEACHER SPOTLIGHT:  We Want to Feature YOU!!! Complete the “Feature Teacher Spotlight Questionnaire” below and email it to debh@familyconnectionsmt.org. Each month we will draw one lucky early childhood professional to be featured on our Facebook page and twitter feed. Each monthly winner will receive a children’s book...

What is a Fresh Start Grant? One-time funding for child care providers to: Expand/start/retain a child care business with emphasis on addressing community needs. Contact a Family Connections Referral Specialist for more information about child care needs in your area. Community need documentation should be included in your grant request. Help paying for damages caused...

Learn about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tips for creating a safe sleep environment for your baby, and you can also check out this comprehensive guide about baby sleep safety....

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...