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Author: Lori Cereck

All across Montana, local giving days support community nonprofits. Family Connections needs your help during our local giving day to reach our goal of serving families, children, and child care providers in 23 counties in north central and north eastern Montana. Become a fundraising champion. Everyone loves a champion, including us! We need fundraising champions to help us reach...

April 29, 2021 by Heather McCartney-Duty Writer Elizabeth Gilbert reflected, “Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted. It comes and goes on its own schedule. Grief does not obey your plans or wishes…In that way, Grief has a lot in common with Love.” We are entering our first year of recovery in a...

Choosing how you’re going to educate your children is one of the most important questions families struggle with. Schooling may seem obvious, just simply enroll your child into the local public school system, but to others the choice isn’t so clear. You might be interested in learning more about homeschooling options, early education options, private...

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...

Child care can be expensive and funds short. Family Connections can help! The Best Beginnings Scholarship is available NOW to: working individuals those attending college or training teen parent completing high school family experiencing homelessness working relative with TANF child-only grant foster individuals or families TANF cash-assistance participants Children may be enrolled in or soon to be...

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...

As a single father, you likely face a multitude of daily challenges. There can be so much pressure on a father to be absolutely everything that children need and want. Of course, we aren't Superman and we need to recognize our own limitations and where and when we need help. Family Connections offers these five...