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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...

Your ability to recover from an emergency tomorrow may depend on the planning and preparation you d today. Click here to learn tips which all individuals and families, and the people who assist and support persons with disabilities, children and others with access and functional needs, can take to prepare for emergencies before they happen....

Click here for information about the Early Childhood Services Bureau, updates on our partners in the state, and the work we all do for children and families....

We all need to eat and in this season, so many fun choices abound! Help kids maintain their bodies and minds through these fun “project” foods. Snowballs 1 cup nutbutter/peanut butter of choice 1 ¼ cup of dry powdered milk ½ cup honey ½-1 cup shredded coconut Mix first three ingredients well. Roll into 1-2 inch...

Project Learning Tree/Growing Up Wild Early Childhood Educator Workshop When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: Fish, Wildlife, and Park 4600 Giant Springs Rd. Great Falls Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for educators working with youth from pre-K to grade 12. Benefits Include: PLT guide with 11...

Learn about the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tips for creating a safe sleep environment for your baby, and you can also check out this comprehensive guide about baby sleep safety....

We need your help! The Montana Child Care Resource & Referral Network wants to learn more about the everyday challenges of home based child care providers. Educating young children is hard. Running a business is hard. We want to help! Please take five minutes and complete this anonymous survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTchildcare ...

Provider Grants are administered by the Child Care Resource & Referral agency.   This grant has limited funding therefore will be a first come, first served basis. This Provider Grant can be used for the purposes of: Start Up Funds Infant Toddler Expansion Funds Emergency/Natural Disaster Funds For more information, download the application here....

Emergencies affect us all.  Imagine having a child fall ill while at child care or having an accident while traveling. An unexpected call about a death in the family can derail a day, a week or even months. Floods, structure fires, blizzards, heatwaves, tornadoes, forest fires, and earthquakes affect more than just our families. Whole communities,...

Fun Fact #1: Science tells us that our child’s first 5 years are the best time to build the brain! Fun Fact #2: You already have what it takes to build your child’s brain! Fun Fact #3: The FREE app to make it happen is Vroom or use the website vroom.org! The purpose of the Vroom app and...

Summer To-Do lists can run something like this in Montana: swim, bike, play at the park, get ice cream, camp, picnic, sleep late, find shade or shelter, as well as they myriad of regular tasks such as finding childcare, keeping up on household chores and scheduling out work and vacation time. When making out your list...

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR APRIL FEATURE TEACHER WINNER DENISE CARSON! Denise works at Denise’s Daycare with Children ages birth to 6 years. She was working as an Early Childhood Professional for 23+ years. Working with children has taught her to be patient and listen. The most important thing in her classroom is to manners and friendship. ...

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MARCH FEATURE TEACHER WINNER STACY FISCHER! Stacy works at Kidz Korner Child Care for children 2-5 years old. She was working as an Early Childhood Professional for 20 years. Working with children has taught her to embrace every moment spent with them. The most important thing in her classroom is to ensure there is space...

Check out the new USDA Team Nutrition resource: Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care. Garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 - 5 in family child care settings. • Lesson plans for six featured fruits and vegetables • MyPlate Poster • Tasty Acres Farm Map • Memory Card Game https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-homes #TeamNutrition ...

CONGRADULATIONS TO OUR FEBRUARY FEATURE TEACHER WINNER ANGELA TOLDNESS! FEATURE TEACHER SPOTLIGHT:  We Want to Feature YOU!!! Complete the “Feature Teacher Spotlight Questionnaire” below and email it to debh@familyconnectionsmt.org. Each month we will draw one lucky early childhood professional to be featured on our Facebook page and twitter feed. Each monthly winner will receive a children’s book...

What is a Fresh Start Grant? One-time funding for child care providers to: Expand/start/retain a child care business with emphasis on addressing community needs. Contact a Family Connections Referral Specialist for more information about child care needs in your area. Community need documentation should be included in your grant request. Help paying for damages caused...

Fingerprint and Notary services are available at our offices in Great Falls and Havre. Contact us for information about fees, required documents, and to make an appointment....

STARS to Quality Essentials (previously STARS Readiness) is available online at ChildCareTraining.org. All child care staff that have not taken STARS Readiness are required to take this course regardless of hire date. Staff who have taken Stars Readiness may take this course and receive credit....