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Community Learning Series
“Partnering with Schools to Support Early Learning and Literacy”: A panel presentation hosted by Zero to Five Montana featuring local champions working on collaborative relationships between school districts and other partners to bolster school readiness. Let this inspiring panel spark creative thinking around ways to support young children in your community! (Dec. 12, 2022)
Community and Employer Innovations Pilot
The goal of this pilot was to support community and employer partners in developing a child care infrastructure strategy that meets the needs of employers and families in communities across the state. Participants of the pilot received grant funds to support community or employer-level planning, access to technical assistance and consultation related to various child care models (including the child care cooperative model), as well as resources and connections to relevant business and child care supports as they developed a plan that worked for their businesses and communities. Over the course of one year, participating communities/employer groups worked to increase the supply of high-quality affordable child care in their local communities by developing strategies and action plans, and connected to a broader network to support successful implementation and access to child care funding.
2021/2022 COMMUNITY & BUSINESS CHILD CARE INNOVATIONS PILOT SITES:
Baker Community/Employer Partners – Baker, MT
Zero to Five Beaverhead Collaborative – Beaverhead County
St. John’s United – Billings, MT
Human Resource Development Council (HRDS) – Bozeman, MT
Lewistown Community/Employer Partners – Lewistown, MT
Zero to Five Mineral County Collaborative – Mineral County
Park County Community/Employer Partners – Park County
Sparrowsvine Resource Center & Seeley Lake Community Foundation – Seeley Lake, MT
Immanuel Lutheran Communities – Kalispell, MT
INNOVATIONS PILOT WEBINARS
Click below to listen to recorded webinars, as well as “roundtable meetings” among the communities participating in this pilot.
CHILD CARE BUSINESS PLANNING RESOURCES
Click below for resources to support your community planning. Please reach out if you’d like more information, or would like to request a community-level conversation to further explore this topic in your community.
Montana Infant and Toddler Tribal Language Pilot
The Montana Tribal Language Pilot helped create opportunities for infant-toddler programs in Montana to create, strengthen, and promote native language strategies in classrooms for infants and toddlers.
2022 Montana Infant/Toddler Tribal Language Pilot Participants:
CS&KT Early Childhood Services, Pablo, MT
Browning Schools Child Care Center, Browning, MT
Fort Belknap Child Care, Fort Belknap, MT
Blackfeet Early Childhood Center, Browning, MT
Tiny Tots Child Care, Wolf Point, MT
The Zero to Five Network
Zero to Five Montana, a statewide advocacy office located in Helena, is part of the Zero to Five Network made up of locally-led coalitions across Western Montana seed-funded by the Headwaters Foundation. The initiative aims to help Montanans identify their most pressing concerns for kids and families and agree on, design and implement solutions. It also connects organizations and advocates to leverage resources, share lessons learned and identify opportunities for collaboration. Zero to Five’s local collaboratives operate independently, with their own budgets and workplans, and are united by a common, co-created Theory of Change, or their North Star.
Learn more on the Headwaters Foundation website.
You Can Make a Difference
We believe investing in our children today is the most important pathway to a healthy, thriving Montana tomorrow. Click the button below to learn more about how you can get involved.