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As families struggle, lawmakers review Wyoming’s child care crunch

Since Dubois’ only daycare for kids 0-5 closed this spring, families have scrambled to find care. The situation comes as lawmakers tackle child care access and early childhood education, and is emblematic of shortages straining communities around the state. 

Should Missoula’s Schools Be Smartphone Free? Please take the Survey

Maybe they’re not learning to regulate their phone use. But they are learning that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to have someone else take it out of your hands.

Want to go back in time? Visit a school where cellphones are banned.

Maybe they’re not learning to regulate their phone use. But they are learning that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to have someone else take it out of your hands.

Child Care, Family Benefits Are ‘An Economic Imperative, Not A Personal Problem’ Says Advocacy Group

Policymakers, activists and business leaders convened at the Moms First Summit in New York to discuss the challenges mothers face in the workforce and what more employers need to do.

This Montana school solved its teacher shortage by opening a day care

On-site day cares are being used as a recruitment tool. Turns out, they help more than just the teachers.

Health department seeks input by May 17 (Now extended to May 20) on 3-year plan to improve child care quality and access

Montana will receive nearly $32 million in federal funds next year to make child care more accessible for low-income families. How it will use that money — and the similar amount it will receive each year through 2027 — is currently being discussed by state officials.

D.C. Has an Excellent Model for Strengthening Child Care. The City May Do Away With It.

Supplementing early childhood educators’ wages has gone a long way toward addressing a longtime crisis. Even if the program doesn’t survive the city’s budget process, it should remain an example for local, state and federal efforts.

Republican Montana lawmakers halt implementation of child care reform rules

Against the recommendation of many day care providers, the Children, Family, Health and Human Services Interim Committee voted on Thursday to prevent the suite of rules from going into effect before the end of the next legislative session in 2025. The vote was on partisan lines with the two committee’s Democrats offering the dissents.

The child care system is broken. Here are 5 striking statistics that show why.

As more than 1,000 providers shut their doors for a Day Without Child Care, we examine a few numbers that reveal why the landscape is in crisis.

Parents say lack of childcare is hampering Big Timber, Montana’s growth – Why no Universal Pre-K in Montana?

Big Timber Daycare is the only daycare in all of Sweet Grass County, and community members agree that’s not enough childcare service for the growing rural community.