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The state of Montana education

State Board of Education examines shared goals and challenges for students across Montana’s public K-12 and higher ed systems.

Zero To Five November News

Welcome to our November Newsletter! From meeting with our members of Congress about child care and preschool, to launching our very first child care innovations pilot, we’ve been busy this month working to advance solutions which will better serve Montana families and children.

Education in the Most to Least Educated States – How Does Montana Stack Up? – Remember – The State With the Best Education Wins

According to WalletHub’s findings, Big Sky Country is not so big on quality.

Montana Child Care Licensing Improvement Project Questionnaire.

The early childhood Services Bureau of Montana DPHHS is seeking input on the licensing for childcare.  Childcare regulations were discussed in our conference last week. Please encourage others to complete this survey as DPHHS is seeking input from anyone interested in the child care licensing process and impacts.

New childcare facility, Nature’s Way Early Learning, opens it’s doors in Great Falls, Montana

Mallo and her husband recently moved back to Great Falls and started this process back in July 2021.

Kalispell Chamber Conducts Childcare Survey

In an effort to alleviate employee shortages, chamber launches public initiative to identify childcare needs

Today’s TED Talk – A close-to-home solution for accessible childcare

Childcare needs a transformation — but rather than investing billions in new buildings and schools, what if we could unlock the potential of people already nearby? Entrepreneur Chris Bennett offers an innovative way to tackle the shortage of childcare worldwide and connect families to safe, affordable and high-quality options in their own communities.

Why child-care workers are quitting

Working in a day care is a demanding job — but the pay is typically around just $12 an hour, and often without benefits. Many child-care workers have quit during the pandemic, leaving parents without options and struggling to return to work themselves.

Information on Childcare Stabilization ARPA Grant- Webinars

I encourage you all to visit this website from DPPHS. This website has all the current information on the childcare stabilization funds and will continue to be updated as new programs come to fruition. 

Great Falls Childcare Market Demand Assessment – Fed money to bolster child care in Montana now available

There is strong interest and demand for a new childcare facility or facilities.