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FCMT has received the following information from the Early Childhood Services Bureau. "Due to feedback from child care providers about the sign in/out sheets which were effective July 1,2012, the Early Childhood Services Bureau has recently sent out a letter detailing new sign in/out guidelines. To see the letter click here . You may create your...

As of July 2012, child care regulations (ARM 37.95.1005 (10)) require the provider and all staff providing care to children under age 2 to receive training in an approved safe sleep curriculum.  The safe sleep curriculum approved by the department is a two part course that is available on-line only. The first course is available through...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a two-page poster or flyer supporting safe sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. You may view the poster/flyer here. You are encouraged to print these out and post them near your...

Would you like to learn more about strategies that help prevent challenging behaviors and how to help children develop positive Social Emotional skills? Have you heard about CSEFEL or The Pyramid Model, but weren't sure what they are? Then don't miss this opportunity! Dr. Sharon Doubet, one of the researchers behind CSEFEL and the Pyramid Model...

Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:30 Cascade County Health Department WIC will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Moms, grandmas, families and all breastfeeding supporters in our community are welcome to join in for a fun stroller/walk from the CCHD to support breastfeeding. After the stroll, we will return to CCHD for refreshments and a...

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has ADOPTED new rules governing the Child Care Licensing Program. These rules are specific to infant and toddler care. Please review the updated rules and ensure that changes are implemented within your facility. The updated rule booklets can be downloaded from the DPHHS/QAD site...

One of the most difficult parts of working with young children is dealing with challenging behaviors, but we can help! The Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL), which is also known as The Pyramid Model, is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs...

The Quality Assurance Division (QAD), the Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) collaborated together to create a state-authorized sign-in/sign-out sheet for providers.  This form is required for all providers to use as of July 1, 2012.  All providers should have received an informational letter and a copy of...

Are you looking for undergraduate credits or do you need to update your teaching or CDA certificate? The University of Montana Western is offering a 3 semester credit, one-week long institute this summer which explores Reggio Emilia and the project approach. Instructors Cathy Jackson and Ann Klaas will show you how to develop and implement curriculum using...

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is promoting National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 21st – 28th to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases and the benefit...