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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...

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...

Starting March 16, 2021, child care staff and household members (ages 18+) must complete an FBI fingerprint background check for licensing. These background checks are required pre-service and every 5 years. View the memo from the Montana Early Childhood Services Bureau. All new staff hired on or after March 16th are required to be fingerprinted. Fingerprint services are by...

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...

Memo to:  Montana Child Care Providers From:  Patty Butler, Chief Re:  2020 tax reporting year payments I want to take a moment to share with you some information pertaining to tax records and information you may receive in the form of 1099s. For the 2020 tax year, child care providers may receive two types of 1099 reports from the...

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 Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship will pay for temporary absences caused by a child care facility that temporarily closes for a two-week quarantine due to COVID-19 or a child’s absence due to COVID-19.  Click here for more information. 2020 09 COVID-19 Payment Practices Flyer (FINAL) (2)...

The Montana Crisis Recovery program provides support and helpful resources to communities with Free, confidential crisis counseling. Call a crisis counselor today 1-877-503-0833 M-F 10am – 10pm Download the flier here: 201218 Crisis Counseling Flier...