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The Early Childhood Services Bureau is excited to announce that they will now have a quarterly newsletter. This quarterly newsletter is intended to inform their partners of their intentions and efforts to continue the work of the mission of ECSB.   “The mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility...

You are invited to attend the MT Early Childhood Advocates Training in Helena, Montana on Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th. This training is sponsored by the MT Child Care Resource and Referral Network and is approved by ECP for training credit. The training will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel....

You are invited to attend the Montana Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Helena Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th. The theme of this year's conference is "Honoring Our Children". The keynote speaker is Jack Gladstone. Some of the choices for sessions are: Supporting Families  Reading and Learning Together, Towards Cultural Competence...

You are invited to attend the Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference in Helena, Montana on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th in Helena.  This conference is sponsored by Best Beginnings and Montana Department of Health and Human Services.  The conference will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel.  The conference and workshops are...

Best Beginnings Scholarship Rate Increase Early Childhood Services Bureau has increased the state rates for child care by 2%.  It is important to remember that this is not an automatic increase for child care providers.  If you will be implementing a rate change as a result of this increase, you must report the rate change through...

Child Care Licensing sent out a memo to all licensed child care providers in regards to the Safe Sleep Course last week. To view the memo please click here .  In the memo, it reminds providers that existing providers and all applicable staff members have until July 31, 2013 in order to complete the training. The training and all activities must be completed...

It is time to register for the upcoming Adult Learning I and II training opportunity! Do you need to complete Adult Learning I and II to become an approved early childhood Professional Development Specialist (PDS) in Montana and/or are you interested in sharpening your trainer skills? Then MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY and register for the...

Previously, this was a 2 part course that had to be taken from two separate websites.  ECSB has combined this into ONE course.  It is a 2-hour course that costs $8.00.  It can ONLY be taken from www.childcaretraining.org.   To find the course, go to www.childcaretraining.org, click on "Course Catalog", then scroll down to MT Only...

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Connecticut, many of you will be working with children who will have questions, concerns, and fears.  Child Care Exchange Magazine has put together resources which might help you to talk to children about this tragedy.  Click here to see the resources from Child Care Exchange....

For your information, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff has posted a new document regarding CPSC’s Crib Standard that takes effect December 28, 2012 for child care providers, hotel/motels and places of public accommodation. The  Enforcement Guidance for Child Care Providers document is posted on CPSC’s Crib Information Center  at www.cpsc.gov/cribs.  ...