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Applications for the US Department of Education’s Teaching Ambassador Fellowship are now available online.  Teaching Ambassadors are outstanding teachers who have a record of leadership, strong communication skills, and policy insight who work for one year for the US Department of Education, either full-time in Washington, DC or part-time in their home states.  The Teaching...

We can start teaching our young children about emotions by helping them name their feelings. For example, if your child is enjoying riding her sled down a snowy hill, you could say: “I see you are smiling and looking like you are having fun on your sled. I think you are feeling happy?” Reading books...

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Babies love simple games. If your little one makes a funny face, try making a funny face back. Pretty soon you'll both be having fun!  Or try answering his coos and squawks, and soon you'll be having a “conversation.”   What do babies learn from games like these?  They are learning about the give-and-take of relationships.  Games...

Family Connections Montana has received the updated mini grant application and, as promised, communicating it as quickly as possible.  As the 1st quarter is quickly coming to an end, the deadline for mini grant applications is no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. In future quarters, we will have an early bird...

From Jamie Palagi, Early Childhood Services Bureau Chief The Early Childhood Services Bureau is announcing changes to the Legally Unregistered Provider Program and child care referral services. Historically, these services have been available through local community Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies throughout Montana. As a cost savings effort, these services are now being centralized to...

Due to new classes and grant requirements, Family Connections Montana, formerly Family Connections, has revised its policies regarding professional development classes.  Please call with any questions you may have. All dates, times, and locations are tentative and subject to change. View our Professional Development Training Calendar. No children please. Pre-payment required, and NO REFUNDS will be given unless...

The ways of communication are changing as access to immediate information via the internet is increasing. It is with this consideration and funding limitations, that we are saying goodbye to the traditional newsletter and ushering in more immediate communication through online contact. Articles will be posted on the News and Events section of this website...

After an extensive review of CARE courses, which are offered as correspondence courses through the mail and online, the Early Childhood Project and Advisory Board decided that they will no longer be approved for professional development hours in Montana. CARE courses will be accepted for hours until October 31, 2010. No CARE courses completed after...

Family Connections Montana, formerly Family Connections, has experienced transition over the last few months. We have changed our name because our staff and board of directors believe this name better reflects our work and programs to the community. We understand change can be difficult, but we still provide great services to families and providers. Our...