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On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted. The CARES Act provides $3.5 billion and various flexibilities for state, territory, and tribal lead agencies to operate their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency...

Out of an abundance of caution and best practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the 8th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference has moved online. Join maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff and providers in coming together for this innovative virtual conference to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of...

The Early Childhood and Family Support Division with DPHHS is extending an opportunity for a town hall discussion with child care providers. The agenda includes updates from the Early Childhood Services Bureau regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as information on new Best Beginnings Scholarship policies. In addition, there will be an opportunity to ask questions....

Dear Early Childhood Provider, Your participation in a Yale School of Medicine survey regarding child care during the COVID-19 crisis is requested. Please help us by participating in a brief (12-20 minute long) surveybeing sent to child care providers like you across the nation. Your answers will be completely confidential. We need as many voices and experiences...

Providers who are currently closed will not be paid for Best Beginnings Scholarship child care cases until they reopen. Please contact your child care licenser to reopen. March, April, and May invoices will be paid at 100% regardless of child’s attendance. This policy ends May 31,2010. June invoices will be paid at 100% of...

To help you stay current on important updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate our friends at the Montana Nonprofit Association for these important updates. Governor Bullock announced that our state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan beginning June 1st. With this announcement, the Governor released a Directive on Implementing and Establishing Phase Two...

Family Connections is committed to serving our community while following the recommendations of the CDC and our governing agencies to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our offices are currently closed to the public, but we will be available to meet in person by appointment only starting May 18th. On June 1st, our office will...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought drastic changes to Montana’s child care landscape. In an effort to support child care businesses and the families they serve, the Early Childhood Services Bureau (ECSB), will offer Emergency Grants for the purpose of providing financial support to Licensed/Registered programs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Provider grants are...

Being Counted in CENSUS 2020 Brings Sweet Rewards Miami is a place we often associate with warm beaches, waving palm branches, and fresh sprays of salt water. After today, you’ll associate the Miami Colony  with the feat of a devoted school teacher and her enthusiastic students undertook during the Pandemic of 2020. You’ll remember the colony, nestled...

Child Care Providers and Families participating in Best Beginnings Scholarship program To support families on the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship and child care providers providing services to these families, the scholarship will pay the entire authorized amount for each child who is attending a child care program, or has been absent from the provider since...