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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...

United Way of Cascade County is pleased to announce that the Early Childhood/Elementary Community Coordinator position has been opened for applications. This position is listed on LinkedIn, Indeed, MT Nonprofit Association, GF Chamber of Commerce, and Job Service GF. All cover letters, resumes and references should be sent to Lacey Hallett at lacey.hallett@uwccmt.org. For more information, please visit United...

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...

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 and to the economic viability of Montana. The 2022 Summer Care Scholarship application period is closed. The response was tremendous with over 5,000 applications submitted from around Montana! Thank...

Licensed childcare Directors and licensed childcare Early Educators who primarily work with children birth-4 years of age are invited and encourage to participate in the Early Childhood Service Bureau's Provider Survey of Utilization of Supports and Child Behaviors. This Survey is intended to provide information regarding the frequency of challenging behaviors of children 0-4 and...

The Early Childhood Services Bureau, specifically STARS to Quality, is looking to fill an Early Childhood Assessor vacancy. Access the Early Childhood Assessor position description here. Access the Early Childhood Assessor position application here. Visit the STARS To Quality website for more information....

Last offerings of the certified 60-hour Infant Toddler and Preschool courses We are writing to provide notice of a future change to the Professional Development offered by Family Connections. The Fall 2022 semester will be our last offerings of the certified 60-hour Infant Toddler and Preschool courses. We will no longer be offering these trainings beginning in...

Be part of the Pilot! Children entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2022 are invited to take part in the pilot for the first Great Falls Safety Town! There are a limited number of spots available, and REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! What is Safety Town? Safety Town is a mini village with a purpose. Safety Town was established in 1937 by...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...