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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...

Show Us Your Hashtag! #WOYC2021 Family Connections is marking the 50th Anniversary of the National Association of the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child with the tradition of doing themed days this week, April 10-16th. This is the 50th year highlighting the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences. Grandparents, parents, foster parents, and...

April 1st marks the beginning of child abuse awareness month, a month to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan formally established April as child abuse prevention month and every year since communities across the US have come together to...

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...

Why Should I Have My Child Screened? Families with children ages five and under are encouraged to have their children ages five and under-screened for vision, hearing, and developmental progress. Why is this so important?  A child’s brain connections grow most rapidly between ages 0-3 years and continues at a rapid pace to where 90% of their...

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...

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...

Kids seem to have endless amounts of energy. As a parent, keeping your little one safely occupied is easy when you can let them play outside. When the weather cools down, however, it can be tricky to find ways to keep them entertained indoors. The COVID-19 pandemic presents added challenges, requiring your family to spend...