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You are invited to join the Virtual Montana Kinship Navigator Program -Support Group which meets virtually on Zoom the third Wednesday of each month through May 2023 from 12:30-1:30PM. The next meeting will be on September 21st . This monthly opportunity gives grandparents and other relatives raising children the opportunity to connect and receive support on...

The Early Childhood Services Bureau would like your feedback. Please complete this brief survey on the Best Beginnings Scholarship: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHCJXMT. From the onset of the pandemic, the Early Childhood Services Bureau has used federal COVID-relief funds to implement payment policy changes to the Best Beginning’s Scholarship. Those changes included: Co-payment reduction: all BBS families had their co-payments...

Please Click HERE to view the attached pdf. for the Proposed Notice with details regarding the Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendment in the matter of the amendment of ARM 37.95.102, 37.95.140, 37.95.160, 37.95.184, 37.95.622, 37.95.703, 37.95.704, and 37.95.1130 pertaining to immunization requirements and exemptions for children and staff at child care facilities. The...

The deadline for Summer Care Grant applications was June 3, 2022 at 12pm. Only applications received online by the funder by this deadline will be considered for funding. If your application was not submitted online or not received by the funder by the deadline, your application will not be funded. There will be no additional funding...

Center, Group, and Family Care Providers: Child Care Stabilization Grant Opportunity - Final Application Period has been extended! Early Childhood and Family Support Division has made one final opportunity to apply for the Stabilization Grant.   The final application period will close on  Friday, August 12, 2022, at 11:59 pm MDT.  The application will close temporarily on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at...

CPR / First Aid Requirements for Child Care Licensing: Just a friendly reminder – when renewing your CPR/FA certification, you must complete a hands-on CPR component and your card must state “Pediatric First Aide” to be in compliance with Montana Child Care Licensing regulation and rule....

Region 5 & 6 Child Care Providers, Starting this September and for all future training calendars, Family Connections will be sending the quarterly training calendars directly to you through email. This will allow you to receive the calendars in a quicker and more convenient way. These calendars along with other great information and helpful tips will be...

We are excited to share the Child Care Licensing Assessment with you! The Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB) is conducting a child care licensing improvement project to optimize licensing’s regulations, policies, processes, and data reporting. Thank you to everyone who participated in the assessment process! More than 700 child care owners and staff, parents, employers, partners, and...

As we approach Provider Appreciation Day® on May 6, 2022, Childcare Aware of America is highlighting how communities are honoring the contributions of their child care providers. An article written by Deb Huestis, an early childhood development specialist from Family Connections, was recently published on Childcare Aware of America's national blog on April 04, 2022,...