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Zero to Five helps caring Montanans make a lasting difference through local and statewide work, giving children a great start in life and a promising future.

We believe that every child deserves a great start, and we know that when we improve a child’s first five years, we improve their whole life.

Federal grant helps bring early education to rural Montana families

Rural Montana families will now have a new way to prepare their children for kindergarten at home thanks to a large federal grant.

Hard-Hitting Nature Valley Ad Shows The Terrifying Side Of Kids Addicted To Technology

Nature Valley Canada recently sat down three generations of families and asked them one simple question, “What did you like to do for fun as a kid?” Take a moment to see how they responded, then grab your kids and go rediscover the joy of nature.

‘Needle in a haystack’: Finding a home a challenge for child care businesses

Roughly 51% of Americans are living in a “child care desert,” meaning there aren’t adequate child care resources for the number of children in the area. In Montana, 60% of people are living in such areas, according to the Center for American Progress.

$1.1M child care center for 200 set for vacant Missoula school building

The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce, Missoula Early Learning Center, Missoula County Public Schools and other partners announced Wednesday that the facility will open in late 2020.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – “Building Bridges Creating Strong Partnerships for Early Childhood Education”

What do businesses and parents have in common?

They both benefit from affordable, high-quality child care.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester last week announced a $1.5 million grant for Child Start, Inc., a Missoula-area Head Start program that works to enrich the education of low-income children.

“In order to be successful, our kids need access to a quality education,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester

California governor wants to expand preschool and create new early child development department

“We don’t want to go slow here. We just want to do this right. It’s high-quality access to affordable preschool and child care. Let us not make the mistake of getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s do this right and thoughtfully,” Newsom said.

Billionaire Warren Buffett: This is the ‘one easy way’ to increase your worth by ‘at least’ 50 percent

“If you can’t communicate, it’s like winking at a girl in the dark — nothing happens.

An Unintended Cost of Universal Pre-K

The road to such unintended consequences is rooted in simple economics: Caring for an infant costs far more than caring for a preschooler.