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Child care stabilization grant funding is coming in early October 2021 to help child care providers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for more  information on the upcoming town hall, technical assistance, and more!...

Childcare Connect Montana Substitute Inquiry - Thank you for your interest in becoming a child care substitute. Click HERE for more information and to fill out the form. ...

The MtAEYC Early Childhood Fall Conference is October 21-23rd, 2021 at the Copper King Hotel in Butte, MT. Early bird pricing ends September 18th, register HERE! Every year, MtAEYC, asks for nominations for those who deserve to be recognized in the Early Childhood field. Nominations are due by September 1,2021 so the board can make selections at the...

Interested in a free and private parenting coach to help you navigate parenting challenges? As Montana parents, we want the same things for our kids. We want them to be confident, respectful, and make healthy choices. As our kids grow up, there are always new challenges. Figuring out how to handle them doesn’t come easy. There are...

One of the major issues facing child care and education is the shortage of quality staff and the high rate of staff turnover.  The Montana Early Care and Education Job Board is a central place where program owners can post job openings and staff can find employment opportunities.  Currently, providers post their job openings on...

Annually in July, Best Beginnings Scholarship payments do not run routinely. Payment schedule for July 2021: No payments Thursday, July 1st Payments ran on Tuesday, July 6th and Thursday, July 8th No payments July 12th – 16th due to State Fiscal Year end Payments scheduled to run routinely July 19th-31st Scholarship payments did not run on Tuesday,...

We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2021 Infant Toddler Teacher 60-hour Certification Course! We will be offering a hybrid version of this course with some in person classes and some virtual. The deadline to apply is Friday August 27th, 2021 and classes begin on Saturday September 11th, 2021 *attendance to first class is mandatory. Full class...

Child Care Providers - Earn $5 by completing a 10-min online survey! A team of researchers we’re partnering with at the University of Oregon is collecting survey responses to better understand the needs and well-being of child care providers. Your survey answers will not be identified but we will share what you and other providers...

Provider and Parent Surveys The Early Childhood Services Bureau is seeking stakeholder input on American Rescue Plan Act funded strategies that will best support child care providers, families, and communities. ECSB is looking for robust response. The surveys are short (3 minutes to complete) and the information incredibly important to informing the work and programs that...

Dear early childhood stakeholder, The draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Montana will be available for public review and comment beginning this Friday, April 23rd.  This Plan describes the Child Care and Development Fund program to be administered by Montana from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2024. The Montana Early Childhood Services...

Onsite inspections for all licensed/registered programs, including Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers, will resume May 3, 2021. All inspections at this time will be scheduled with the provider, and the licensor will be in contact with you if your program is due to receive an inspection. Please note that scheduled inspections are temporary, and...

Starting March 16, 2021, child care staff and household members (ages 18+) must complete an FBI fingerprint background check for licensing. These background checks are required pre-service and every 5 years. View the memo from the Montana Early Childhood Services Bureau. All new staff hired on or after March 16th are required to be fingerprinted. Fingerprint services are by...

Do you need more information about help available to child care programs and providers? The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently published a document on February 2021 titled:  Navigating Relief - An Overview of the Help that may be Available for Child Care Programs & Providers. This document is designed to help child care center...

Memo to:  Montana Child Care Providers From:  Patty Butler, Chief Re:  2020 tax reporting year payments I want to take a moment to share with you some information pertaining to tax records and information you may receive in the form of 1099s. For the 2020 tax year, child care providers may receive two types of 1099 reports from the...

Are you a woman business owner?   The state of Montana and the Women's Business Center have a grant program specifically for women called the "Impact Grant" competition. In the application, business owners share a compelling story of how the grant would help grow and strengthen their businesses, or how it would impact their community. Apply NOW for one...

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)...

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...