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The Linking Systems of Care (LSOC) Montana Trauma-Informed Approaches Curriculum provides in-depth training on policies and practices that programs, agencies, and organizations may employ to be trauma informed. Participants who attend the whole training series will receive a stipend! This 15-hour ECP approved virtual training will be divided into five sessions between February to April and...

You’re Invited to Collaborate and Plan with Us! Friday, January 28: 12-1:30pm (United Way of Cascade County office) REGISTER NOW Thursday, February 3: 6-7:30pm (Family Connections MT training center) REGISTER NOW ECP Hours will be available!...

One-time only child care assistance is available for certain healthcare employees through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Funding is limited and applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. NEW! See expanded list of qualifying jobs! More information and apply HERE ...

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 as well as teachers on U.S. military bases and installations around the world are eligible to...

Montana Shared Services supports all Montana child care providers through collaborative community partnerships. Anyone who owns or works in a Tribal and/or state licensed child care program is eligible to become a member and will receive a one-month free trial. Membership scholarships are available for BIPOC and rural child care providers. Member benefits include: Discounts on...

One-time only child care assistance is available for certain healthcare employees through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Applications can be submitted beginning November 19, 2021. Funding is limited and applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. Am I an eligible healthcare worker? At least one parent in the household must provide direct care...

The Montana Office of Public Instruction is pleased to announce the Montana Afterschool Grant. The $3.8 million fund was designated by the Montana Legislature through House Bill 362. Leveraging the State's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding, the Afterschool Grant is intended fulfill the afterschool plans articulated in the State’s ARP ESSER Plan to enhance and expand...

Everyone is impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Seeking support resources, education, and reaching out are all positive steps that can be taken to address the added layer of stress. In February 2021, the state of Montana DPHHS, received a FEMA/SAMHSA disaster relief grant to provide crisis counseling for all Montanans experiencing stress, depression, sadness, fear, anxiety,...

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. The Child Tax Credit will...