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Have a Heart for Kids - 2023
Uplifting Montana parent voices
“My day at the capital on Feb. 3, 2023, will be a day I will never forget. It was the first time in my life as a parent that I felt heard and not so alone. My voice was heard that day – not just by representatives, senators, parents, and agencies – but my daughter was with me. She saw me use my voice to advocate for her. That was such a powerful moment. And afterward she hugged me and cried, telling me thank you. She is just 6 years old, yet she knows the reason we were there was for her and for every child in Montana.”
–Callie Parr, Montana parent & advocate for children
Building a united front
From the lack of child care to expensive or non-existent early learning options, hardworking Montana families face numerous barriers when it comes to the care and education of their young children and their ability to participate in the workforce. Our goal with our inaugural Have a Heart for Kids Day event was to raise awareness and encourage state lawmakers to invest in our children, and in our future. Learn more.
Bringing organizations together
Zero to Five Montana was honored to be joined by many partner organizations including Child Care Connections | Butte 4-C’s | Montana Family Child Care Network | Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies-the Montana Coalition | Family Outreach | Raise Montana | Zero to Five Missoula County | Zero to Five Butte-Silver Bow | Early Childhood Coalition of Beaverhead County | Healthy Communities Coalition of Mineral County | Montana Afterschool Alliance | Montana Head Start Association | Montana Cooperative Development Center | Early Childhood Coalition of the Greater Helena Area | The Birds Nest | Family Connections | O’Hana Day Care and Preschool
Take Action to Improve
Outcomes for Children & Families
To learn about partnering with Zero to Five Montana, reach out to [email protected]
Partner With Us!
Working in partnership is a critical way to ensure diverse voices are heard and like-minded people, groups & organizations get connected to combine resources and manpower for work on a common goal.
A school district superintendent may want to work more directly with partners on a prekindergarten initiative, child care providers may want to join forces to speak with lawmakers about the importance of equitable employee pay or a parent may want to speak with someone from the Zero to Five Montana team to learn how they can join a coalition, network or get information on future events.
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.