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Join Zero To Five Montana and Zero To Five Butte-Silverbow to advocate for Montana's youngest children. When: February 3, 2023 Where: The Rotunda at the State Capitol In Helena, 1301 E 6th Ave Zero to Five's "Have a Heart for Kids" at the Capitol: Organization Registration Zero to Five is hosting its inaugural "Have a Heart for Kids" event...

The 2023 State of the Union will take place the evening of Tuesday, February 7th. We are hopeful that the President’s speech will spotlight the importance of child care and push for long-term robust investments. If you would like to add your voice to those urging the White House to address the urgent needs of parents and...

TAX HELP MONTANA (THM) Tax Help Montana (THM) is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program made up of a coalition of community partners led by RDI, offering free tax preparation and filing services to seniors and low-moderate income families and individuals. A primary objective of the Tax Help...

Tiny Training Webinar Series — Micro-learning for the busy business owner Zero To Five's Tiny Training Webinar Series will launch in January.  January 5: What is Business Connect? January 12: What is a Business Plan? January 26: What are the 4 Ways to Make a Profit? February 9: What is a Cooperative? February 23: What is Cost-Informed Rate Setting? March 9: What...

Provider Retention Incentive Round Two Update: The deadline for the second round of the Provider Retention Incentive Payments has been extended! The new deadline for this second round is 1/20/2023. Please remember that you must submit for payment in the Incentives and Awards tab in your registry account. Sending only a W9 does NOT suffice for submission. This...

Family/Group Program — Precision Pricing Child Care Centers — Precision Pricing Child Care Centers — Policies & Practices Child Care Program Board Members and Administration For registration questions, contact Rhonda Schwenke at rhondas@zerotofive.org....

Registration Open: 2023 Family & Group Child Care Conference  Raise Montana and the Montana Family Childcare Network are excited to announce that registration for the 2023 Home-based Child Care Conference is now open! This conference is open to home-based child care providers and educators including any state or tribally licensed/registered FFN, RCE, Family, and Group programs.  Register...

FFY23 National Child Passenger Safety Technician CertificationTraining Dates and Locations Provided through a partnership with the Montana Department of Transportation To Register: Go to http://cert.safekids.org Click on “Become a Tech”, set up an online profile and follow the instructions.The $95 registration fee includes your first two years of certification Who should attend? Parents & Caregivers Car Dealerships/Businesses Teachers Childcare Providers Firefighters Head Start Personnel Law Enforcement Health...

Date: December 30, 2022 Re: Updates and Reminders Clarification regarding STARS incentives: STARS incentives are contingent on funding and legislative approval and therefore are subject to change. However, for the current STARS period (FY 2022-2023), STARS incentives are not changing nor are they going away. There may have been some misinformation provided and we want to reassure...

A HUGE shout out to those early care and education providers in Region 5 that renewed their commitment to the health and well-being of our community for renewing their Montana State Child Care license in December! We thank you for your dedication in ensuring the safe and healthy care of our youngest citizens and supporting...

Encourage your high school students to become coders this summer with Girls Who Code! Girls Who Code is offering two free virtual programs this summer.  Students will learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact, meet inspiring professionals across diverse industries, and tap into lifelong college and career support to help them succeed...

The Affordable Connectivity Program was created by the FCC to help households struggling to pay for internet service. As part of that effort, the FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help raise awareness about the ACP. Eligible households can enroll in the ACP through an approved provider or by visiting Affordable Connectivity To learn more about...

Important Information from Early Childhood Project: The second round of ARPA payments coming out soon! -Applications for the second round are for new employees who have become employed since the first round of payments. If you did not receive the first round of payments but now meet the qualifications, you may also apply. -If you DID receive the...

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood illness. More specifically, RSV is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in U.S. children aged less than one year, and especially infants born prematurely. Each year in the United States, approximately 75,000 to 125,000 children aged <5 years are hospitalized...

DATE: October 31, 2022 AGENCY: Department of Public Health and Human Services Early Childhood & Family Support Division Childcare Licensing Program SUBJECT: Enforcement discretion regarding immunization requirements for licensed and registered childcare providers Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 37.95.141 Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, §§ 27-33-101 through 105, MCA ACTION: Notice of Enforcement Discretion SUMMARY: This notification is to inform the...

Region 5 & 6 Child Care Providers, Beginning September 2022 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...

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....

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 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....

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 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....

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...

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 ...

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...

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....