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Why Google, General Mills and other companies are ending on-site childcare

America has a legacy of treating childcare far more as a private-market good like a gym membership or pet care than a societal obligation like public school or parks.

What some in Broadwater County, Montana are doing to address lack of childcare

Nearly two-thirds of Montana counties are considered child care deserts, meaning that available childcare meets less than a third of potential demand. Broadwater County, for example, only meets 18% of potential demand.

GFDA Top Ten (+6) for 1-21-24

GFDA has earned the 2024 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, the nation’s leading source for information on nonprofit organizations. We continue to be proud of this mark of distinction, putting us at the top of non-profit transparency.

Lawmakers announce bipartisan agreement to enhance child tax credit

The proposal would help lift nearly 500,000 children out of poverty as lawmakers are poised to enhance the child tax credit.

Montana prepares to launch new education savings accounts

A controversial program approved by lawmakers last year will make state education funding directly available to parents of special needs students.

Montana schools prepare to retool early childhood programs

In Bozeman and elsewhere, Montana’s new early childhood literacy law spells change and potential expansion in the education of kids under 5.

Canada is promoting child care for $10 a day

Could it work in the US?

Montana announces $3M in federal funds to help childcare workers get care for their kids

According to the state, those workers who are eligible will have childcare copays capped at $100 a month and would be eligible for the program for 12 months. Providers would be paid if the child attends the care facility at least one day a month.

Bitterroot Childcare Summit: Collaboration is key

“It’s known to many in the Bitterroot that we have an employee shortage,” Mitchell said. “What’s not obvious is a large part of this problem stems from child care obstacles — lack of affordability and accessibility.”

Key findings from 2023 Montana STEM Summit to be presented online Dec. 12

The Dec. 12 presentation will include STEM data for Montana and the nation; challenges and opportunities as identified by summit participants; and suggestions for advancing STEM in Montana. Attendees, especially those who were unable to attend the April summit, can also contribute ideas and feedback.