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Opportunities Inc. Community Action Day May is National Community Action Month which is dedicated to recognizing the success of the Community Action Network that fights poverty across the United States. Learn more about the services that Opportunities Inc. offers to include: Employment & Training Services, Housing Services, Energy Assistance, Education Services, and Emergency Services. Join the staff for Food,...

Need assistance paying for summer care? We can help! 2022 Summer Child Care Scholarships are here! Applications available online beginning May 20, 2022 for a period of 2 weeks. Apply here. The Montana Early Childhood and Family Support Division recognizes that the need for summer care and summer programming for school age children is important for a child's development...

Please save the date for the 9th Annual Great Beginnings Great Families Conference on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Conference Format: In order to best meet the needs of all participants, we’ll be offering a hybrid conference with the option of attending in-person at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel or by Zoom.  In addition...

Summit Information When:  June 16-17, 2022* Where:  Salish Kootenai College – Pablo, MT Cost:  FREE !! * A Meet & Greet with light hors d’oeuvres will take place at the KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino (Michel/Victor room) on June 15th, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsors: Salish Kootenai College, National AI/AN Head Start Collaboration Office (NAIANHSCO),  Montana Early Childhood Services Bureau (DPHHS), CSKT Early Childhood Services, Montana Office of...

Read the release online here. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 05 2022 Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936,  jebelt@mt.gov Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391,  hcouncil@mt.gov GOVERNOR GIANFORTE, DPHHS INVEST $7 MILLION TO SUPPORT CHILD CARE WORKFORCE Child Care Appreciation Day is May 6 Ahead of Child Care Appreciation Day this Friday, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)...

Raise Montana is hiring a full-time Substitute Service Specialist to work remotely within the state of Montana.  The Substitute Service Specialist will be responsible for expanding the substitute service currently being piloted in Region 5 & 6 to all regions in Montana.  The substitute service utilizes a text based web platform to connect trained, vetted, experienced...

Reminders: - Child Care Stabilization Grants are open through April 29, 2022. The final application period will open July 1, 2022. - Stabilization Grant Quarterly Reports are due April 29, 2022 for providers who were issued payment on or before March 31, 2022. - Child Care Innovation and Infrastructure Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) is open until June...

The Early Childhood and Family Support Division is seeking a contractor(s) to develop and implement innovative community, area, region and/or business-based strategies which expand child care availability for Montana families. This project is part of the larger continuum of support for the child care industry in Montana aimed at enhancing the availability, affordability, and accessibility of...

Alliance For Youth Blood Drive Give the Gift Of Life. Help Alliance for Youth achieve their goal of 25 pints of blood to restore our local blood supply. Monday, May 23rd 2022 from 2-6:30 PM. Marshall Family Hall:  3220 11th Ave S, Great Falls MT Download the flyer here. Make your appointment to donate here....

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund has a competitive grant opportunity for up to $5,000 for non-profits and other tax-exempt organizations which are engaged in primary and secondary prevention efforts for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Montana. Click HERE for the grant explanation/proposal form....

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,...

Please check out the new Child Tax Credit website for information on the expanded child tax credit. Even if a family did not earn enough to be required to file taxes, they are eligible for the CTC and potentially thousands of additional dollars in benefits. Many families received about half of their CTC in monthly payments...

There is a scam, or phishing, email circulating the United States asking child care providers to click on a link to receive their ARPA funds. DPHHS will electronically deposit or mail your ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant payments to you.  You will not be asked to click on a link to receive your funds. For more information...

Important: Infant Formula Recall DPHHS Urges Montanans to Check Cupboards for Recalled Infant Formula Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced today a voluntary recall of several specific products for infants and babies has been issued by Abbott, the maker of Similac formulas and other nutritional products, due to a concern over possible contamination...

1099 Forms to child care providers were issued on 1/27/2022, and should have been received. If you have not received your 1099 form, BFSD can assist you with getting a copy. Please send an email to the BFSD HHS Fiscal W-9 Provider Assistance email address: fiscalw9@mt.gov. If you have received your 1099 form and there is incorrect...

Governor Gianforte and the Health Advisory Commission approved $7 million in one-time-only funds for child care workforce retention and incentive payments through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Providers are eligible to receive $600for Round 1 and those remaining in the child care field are encouraged to submit for a second payment of $1,000 in...

Montana DPHHS has released information and updates about the Child Care Stabilization Grant. Read the letter to providers regarding updates on the Child Care Stabilization Grant. Read the FAQs regarding the Child Care Stabilization Grant Application & Review Process. See the step-by-step guide of the Child Care Stabilization Grant Application & Review Process. Review the list of deducted COVID-19...

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 ...

The Early Childhood Essentials class will be offered online only going forward. To enroll, visit ChildCareTraining.org, (or create a new account), and click on Course Catalog to view all available courses....

Fingerprinting locations for Region 5 counties of Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Glacier, Judith Basin, Liberty, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton and Toole; and Region 6 counties of Blaine, Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, Hill, McCone, Phillips, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux. Fingerprinting locations for all counties in Montana by county from the US National Background Information website....

The USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, to purchase equipment, and to pay related project expenses. More information can be found here....

TO: MT Child Care Providers, MT Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, Child Care Licensing Program and Other Interested Parties FROM: Patty Butler, Early Childhood Services Bureau Chief SUBJECT: Child Care Licensing Rule changes DATE: December 16, 2021 On September 28, 2021 a proposed rule package was filed with Office of Legal Affairs. This rule package...

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...

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...

Licensed and Registered child care providers are eligible to apply for funding to stabilize their child care business. This includes support to maintain or resume offering child care services. Funds can be used for operating expenses like personnel costs, rent and utilities, health and safety training, facility maintenance, equipment and more. Providers could receive 80 - 100% of their operating expenses. Applications...

TO: MT Child Care Providers, MT Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, Child Care Licensing Program and Other Interested Parties FROM: Patty Butler, Early Childhood Services Bureau Chief SUBJECT: Child Care Licensing Program updates, Rule Change, Stabilization Grant  DATE: September 29, 2021 There are rule changes and updates to share in the Child Care Licensing program now, and we...

Child care stabilization grant funding is coming in early October 2021 to help child care providers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for more  information on the upcoming town hall, technical assistance, and more!...

Childcare Connect Montana Substitute Inquiry - Thank you for your interest in becoming a child care substitute. Click HERE for more information and to fill out the form. ...

Interested in a free and private parenting coach to help you navigate parenting challenges? As Montana parents, we want the same things for our kids. We want them to be confident, respectful, and make healthy choices. As our kids grow up, there are always new challenges. Figuring out how to handle them doesn’t come easy. There are...

One of the major issues facing child care and education is the shortage of quality staff and the high rate of staff turnover.  The Montana Early Care and Education Job Board is a central place where program owners can post job openings and staff can find employment opportunities.  Currently, providers post their job openings on...

Dear early childhood stakeholder, The draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Montana will be available for public review and comment beginning this Friday, April 23rd.  This Plan describes the Child Care and Development Fund program to be administered by Montana from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2024. The Montana Early Childhood Services...

Onsite inspections for all licensed/registered programs, including Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers, will resume May 3, 2021. All inspections at this time will be scheduled with the provider, and the licensor will be in contact with you if your program is due to receive an inspection. Please note that scheduled inspections are temporary, and...

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...

Are you a woman business owner?   The state of Montana and the Women's Business Center have a grant program specifically for women called the "Impact Grant" competition. In the application, business owners share a compelling story of how the grant would help grow and strengthen their businesses, or how it would impact their community. Apply NOW for one...

The Provider Portal User Guide is located on the Provider Portal Login screen. This is where providers can find instructions on how to sign in (Page 4-5 of 55), request a new password (Page 6-7 of 55), and content in the Provider Portal (Table of Contents, Page 2 of 55). Tips: • The User ID is the person’s...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through...

The ECSB held two town hall meetings with child care providers in June. If you missed these sessions, recordings are now available: June 2 recording  June 4 recording. The content presented in both town halls are the same but the Q&A at the end of the sessions vary. ...

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....

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...