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The Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will pay for temporary absences caused by a child care facility that temporarily closes for a two-week quarantine due to COVID-19 or a child’s absence due to COVID-19.  Click here for more information. 2020 09 COVID-19 Payment Practices Flyer (FINAL) (2)...

Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards The Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards program, administered by First Up, acknowledges the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Childcare teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for...

The Montana Crisis Recovery program provides support and helpful resources to communities with Free, confidential crisis counseling. Call a crisis counselor today 1-877-503-0833 M-F 10am – 10pm Download the flier here: 201218 Crisis Counseling Flier...

The MT Child Care Resource & Referral Network invites you to join us at the 2021 Family & Group Child Care Virtual Conference! The theme is: Supports for Success for Small Child Care Businesses! This conference supports the unique needs and interests of small child care programs and educators. While we will miss seeing everyone in person,...

Beginning 1/1/2021, many of the courses previously required as part of Licensing Orientation training will no longer be offered free of charge. If any of your staff are working on the following classes, they need to be completed and passed by the end of December. In January, they will still be available with a registration...

Are you interested in becoming a home child care provider? The Home Child Care Provider Business Toolkit has resources and information on how to get started, tools to strengthen business practices, and how to avoid common pitfalls....

Contact information for CPR & First Aid Classes in North Eastern Montana: Big Sandy: lgrubb@bsmc.org Culbertson: Teresia Moore Roosevelt Medical Center 406-787-6468 Glasgow: Connie Wethern connie.wethern@fmdh.org Malta: Rhei Tharp at EMS 406-654-2336 Sidney: Lana Watson all4rescue@hotmail.com 406-914-3936 Glendive: Sara Engle sengle@dawson.edu 406-377-9441 Glendive: Stacy Nilson 406-939-3497 Havre: coberquell@msun.edu Havre: Jeri Erickson Jeri_1420@yahoo.com 406-390-2210 ...

The Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship (BBCCS) is supporting families and child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholarship has made temporary changes to support continuity of care for children, families, and child care providers. View the 2020 09 COVID-19 Payment Practices Flyer View the 2020 09 School-Age Provider Rates Flyer ...

DPHHS Early Childhood and Family Support Division is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Town Hall: Out of School Time Grants Time: Aug 13, 2020 03:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Purpose: Please join the DPHHS Early Childhood and Family Support Division in a town hall to discuss the recent announcement from the Governor’s Office,...

The Provider Portal User Guide is located on the Provider Portal Login screen. This is where providers can find instructions on how to sign in (Page 4-5 of 55), request a new password (Page 6-7 of 55), and content in the Provider Portal (Table of Contents, Page 2 of 55). Tips: • The User ID is the person’s...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through...

Great news! Additional grants will be awarded to licensed and registered child care programs. See below from ECSB: Good afternoon, I would like to provide an update on guidance, and information on the CARES Act funding for CCDF. Child care is a foundation for parent’s participation in the workforce, and yet a parent’s work schedule can be unpredictable...

The ECSB held two town hall meetings with child care providers in June. If you missed these sessions, recordings are now available: June 2 recording  June 4 recording. The content presented in both town halls are the same but the Q&A at the end of the sessions vary. ...

Click here to see the Early Childhood Services Bureau recently updated Child Care Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about COVID-19, Best Beginnings scholarships, licensing, guidance, and additional resources. ...

To avoid delays in payments, submit the new Provider Rights and Responsibilities form within 15 days! The Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB) mailed a Provider Rights and Responsibilities revision notification on July 1, 2020. Providers have 15 days to sign off on the new Provider Rights and Responsibilities. Providers will still be paid in the...

Parents are finding themselves with increased levels of responsibility as the result of closed schools and child cares, stay-at-home orders, and new social distancing measures. Children are facing higher levels of isolation—unprecedented in our time—resulting in a mental toll on many. The Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) Child Care Task Force is conducting a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of Montana’s early childhood and...

On June 1st,  Phase II of the Governor’s phased reopening was enacted. Many providers have begun offering services again. ECSB is offering providers Best Beginnings Scholarship backpay for the months of March, April and May. In keeping in line with our payment policy, providers have until July 31st to submit those invoices for payment, sixty...

On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted. The CARES Act provides $3.5 billion and various flexibilities for state, territory, and tribal lead agencies to operate their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency...

Out of an abundance of caution and best practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the 8th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference has moved online. Join maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff and providers in coming together for this innovative virtual conference to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of...

The Early Childhood and Family Support Division with DPHHS is extending an opportunity for a town hall discussion with child care providers. The agenda includes updates from the Early Childhood Services Bureau regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as information on new Best Beginnings Scholarship policies. In addition, there will be an opportunity to ask questions....

Dear Early Childhood Provider, Your participation in a Yale School of Medicine survey regarding child care during the COVID-19 crisis is requested. Please help us by participating in a brief (12-20 minute long) surveybeing sent to child care providers like you across the nation. Your answers will be completely confidential. We need as many voices and experiences...

Providers who are currently closed will not be paid for Best Beginnings Scholarship child care cases until they reopen. Please contact your child care licenser to reopen. March, April, and May invoices will be paid at 100% regardless of child’s attendance. This policy ends May 31,2010. June invoices will be paid at 100% of...

To help you stay current on important updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate our friends at the Montana Nonprofit Association for these important updates. Governor Bullock announced that our state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan beginning June 1st. With this announcement, the Governor released a Directive on Implementing and Establishing Phase Two...

Family Connections is committed to serving our community while following the recommendations of the CDC and our governing agencies to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our offices are currently closed to the public, but we will be available to meet in person by appointment only starting May 18th. On June 1st, our office will...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought drastic changes to Montana’s child care landscape. In an effort to support child care businesses and the families they serve, the Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB), will offer Emergency Grants for the purpose of providing financial support to Licensed/Registered programs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Provider grants are...

Being Counted in CENSUS 2020 Brings Sweet Rewards Miami is a place we often associate with warm beaches, waving palm branches, and fresh sprays of salt water. After today, you’ll associate the Miami Colony  with the feat of a devoted school teacher and her enthusiastic students undertook during the Pandemic of 2020. You’ll remember the colony, nestled...

Child Care Providers and Families participating in Best Beginnings Scholarship program To support families on the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship and child care providers providing services to these families, the scholarship will pay the entire authorized amount for each child who is attending a child care program, or has been absent from the provider since...

Child Care Providers: March, April, and May 2020 co-pays have been waived for all families This includes TANF, Non-TANF, and Working Caretakers Eligibility staff will send letters to parents and providers once March payments have been repaired since most March invoices have been paid When April and May invoices are paid and adjusted to pay...

They need to hear from our Early Care and Education Professionals! Governor Steve Bullock has developed a Task Force to provide guidance and advice on how to best use $1.25 billion appropriated to Montana through the Federal CARES Act to assist workers, businesses, and sectors of the economy impacted by COVID-19. To read the full press...

To:          CCR&R Eligibility Specialists CCR&R Executive Directors Child Care Providers Families participating in Best Beginnings Scholarship program   On 3/12/2020, Governor Bullock issued Executive Order No. 2-2020 declaring Montana in a state of emergency with the presence of COVID-19. Since the state of emergency, families and child care providers have been affected in various ways. Child care providers and...

We are all facing uncertain and challenging times, which is why we are committed to ensuring families across Montana have access to vital information about available resources. To help coordinate local and state resources, we are asking parents with children under the age of 18 in their household to complete this anonymous survey. The more we...

Today, celebrate the right and responsibility to be counted. Celebrate Census 2020 and do your part to get out the count for Montana. Montana receives an estimated $2 billion in federal funds each year based on Census data. For every Montana resident counted, the state will receive $20,000 over the decade for healthcare, educations, highways, and...

The Governor recently issued a directive stating (on page 2, #1)  “All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations, all as defined below.” Child care is part of human services exempt from the stay at home directive (page 4, #7). There are many...

Many providers of health care, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and other essential services are also parents and will continue to require child care services for their children. Meeting this critical need requires us to move swiftly, but safely to ensure access to child care services. If you are currently employed in a Montana licensed child...

These are uncertain and trying times for child care businesses. You have many questions in a time where few answers are available. First things first: Click here for tips on taking care of yourself!  Family Connections is committed to supporting your success on your terms and will update you with information as we receive it. Click on the following...

For an undetermined amount of time HiSET testing is open to schedule. Testing will be computer based and in the evenings on Tuesdays only. Please go online to schedule your tests through the ETS website: www.hiset.ets.org , requirements to test are clearly lined out on their site. Extra precautions are being taken to ensure a clean and safe...

It’s impossible to avoid news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) these days, and as child care leaders and providers, you are no doubt getting questions from parents about it. You are also probably wondering, how do I, as a child care provider, prevent Coronavirus from impacting the children in my care? What would I do if Coronavirus showed up in my community or child...

The 2020 Bright Futures Scholarship program is open and accepting applicants! The scholarship is a great way to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children. Financial assistance is for students in the early childhood field, focusing on the education of children ages 6 and under. High school, 2 and 4...

Hi-Line Child Care Association presents Musically Minded with Jocelyn Manzanarez! April 18, 2020 9am-3:30pm at the District 4 HRDC: 2229 5th Ave, Havre Cost is $30 if payment and registration received by 3/31/2020, $35 after. Lunch is included and you will receive 6 hours of approved training. This training is very interactive and will focus on Bringing the...