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2020 Public Support Poll

In the fall of 2020, Zero to Five conducted a professionally administered survey of 600 randomly selected Montana voters about issues facing families with young children. Highlights of the survey results include:

  • 73 percent of Montanans are concerned that families are facing more financial stress and uncertainty
  • 75 percent of Montanans are concerned about parents not being able to work because of a lack of child care
  • 81 percent of Montanans agreed that “a quality early education experience is a good investment in our children and grandchildren”
  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) of voters say access to high-quality, affordable childcare is important to the economy getting back on track and getting people back to work (38% say it is essential)
  • Overall, a majority of Montanans favor publicly funded pre-school for 4-year-olds (53% total favor at the start of the survey, and 61% total favor at the end of the survey)
  • 71 percent of Montanans favor reduced childcare costs for working parents
  • A majority agree that the wages for childcare professionals are too low (58%) and the cost Montana parents are currently paying for childcare is too high (54%)

Additional Resources

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Return on Investment

Return on Investment

This research brief, assembled in partnership with the University of Montana Center for Children, Families & Workforce Development, describes the excellent return on investment for early childhood programs.

Preschool Fact Sheet

Preschool Fact Sheet

This one-page fact sheet outlines information concerning the success of Montana’s publicly funded preschool programs, both through the Montana Preschool Development Grant and the STARS Pilot Preschool Program.

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.