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Best Beginnings Childcare Scholarships the Early Childhood Services Bureau offers “Best Beginnings” child-care scholarships to qualified low-income families whose child receives care from a licensed child care center, registered group or family child care home, or legally certified child care provider. Each family participates in the cost of that care by making a co-payment based on a sliding fee scale.
Childcare Resource and Referral provides contact and website information for childcare providers across the state.
Early Childhood Services Bureau improves the quality, affordability and accessibility of child care in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.
Healthy Montana Kids provides free or low-cost health coverage for children and teenagers up to age 19.
Lutheran Social Services - Multi-service social ministry organization.
City-County Health Department - Local public health agency.
Community Recreation Center - Offers recreation programs.
Faith Center - Foresquare Denomination.
Fairview Baptist Church -Baptist Church.
Family Connections (Solutions for Child Care) - Provides child care scholarships, referrals to parents and trainings to child care providers.
Great Falls Public Schools: H.A.N.D.S (Heroes and Neighbors Down at the School) - Provides before and after school childcare to all 15 schools in the county.
Great Falls Public Schools: Literacy Resource Center - Provide support to families and their children for greater success in school.
Head Start & Early Head Start (Opportunities, Inc.) - To help children gain skills for kindergarten (prenatal to age 5) and empower families to reach self-sufficiency.
Mountain Peaks - Provides youth and families with community based services, consultation, and problem solving skills.
Opportunities, Inc. - Non-profit social services agency that focuses on helping low-income people become self-sufficient.
Planned Parenthood - Provides reproductive healthcare, thereby improving the health of the family unit.
Rocky Mountain Treatment Center - Offers in patient treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, addictions and addictive behaviors.
Salvation Army - Help participants get the education and training they need to obtain better quality jobs that will benefit them and their families.
Young Parents Education Center (YPEC) - Assists pregnant/parenting teens and young adults to access services, complete secondary education and develop vocational plans. Call for more information. 406.268.6665
YWCA -Promotes peace and justice, freedom and dignity for women and girls & helping eliminate racism wherever it exists.
Child and Family Services Division. Department of Public Health and Human Services, 2677 Palmer St., Suite 300. 523-4100. To report child abuse/neglect, call 1-866-820-5437. Investigations into the abuse/neglect of children; interventions with children/families where child abuse/neglect has occurred; licensure and training for foster and adoptive homes; and adoption services for abused/neglected children.
Child Care Resources (CCR). 105 F. Pine St., lower level. Child Care Resources provides families in the Missoula community with the education and services they need to find and pay for quality child care. Best Beginnings Scholarships are available for families below the 150 percent federal poverty guidelines to help cover the cost of child care. Families looking for child care can utilize CCR’s free referral program. You will receive profiles of providers who meet your child care needs, as well as information about quality indicators of a child care program. Training, technical assistance and meal reimbursement services are available for child care providers. Child Care Resources has been serving families and child care professionals in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties since 1969. Contact Child Care Resources at 728-6446 or 1-800- 728-6446 for more information, or visit childcareresources.org.
Child Developmental Center. Fort Missoula. 549-6413. Provides services to families whose children, ages birth through 21, have a developmental disability or who are considered to be at risk for developmental delay. Center-based services include evaluations, diagnosis and recommendations, autism spectrum disorder evaluations and recommendations, neonatal intensive care unit screening clinics, and early childhood screenings. Home-based services include family education and support, early intervention for infants and toddlers, intensive family education and support.
Divorcing Parents. Parenting Programs of Families First, 227 1/2 W. Front St. 721-7690. Offers classes, support groups, individual or joint consultations and a lending library to parents who are divorcing or separating
The Families First Children’s Museum - 225 West Front Street, Missoula, MT 59802. 406.541.PLAY. Parenting programs, classes, consultations, lending library and family activities help parents in their work of raising healthy, caring children, Families First Parenting programs and administrative offices hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am-S p.m.; Friday, 9 am.- 1 p.m.; closed Mondays.
Grief Resources. Tamarack Grief Resource Center - 516 5. Orange St. 541-8472.Provides stabilizing and compassionate assistance for children, teens, adults and families amid bereavement, loss and life transitions, as well as educational opportunities for professionals throughout Montana. Individual and family consultations, parent support and education, and professional workshops are available. Youth bereavement groups are scheduled as interest lists fill.
Missoula Early Head Start, 2121 39th St., Missoula, 59803. 251- 9410, Ext. 302. Fax: 251-9403. Missoula Early Head Start (MEHS), a program of Ravalli Head Start, Inc., is a federal program serving Missoula County low income families with children birth to 3 years old and pregnant women. The year-round program is free to income—eligible families with incomes at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Some over-income positions may be available for families with high needs. A 10 percent minimum of children with a disability is enrolled. Transportation services to the center are not provided, but help with access to services is available. All program options are designed to enhance family self-sufficiency and include early childhood education; child health, nutrition and development; disability and mental health services; parent education and involvement; and social service links to community resources. Families are served in three program options: 1. Home-Based includes weekly home visits and bi-monthly parent-child interaction groups at the Center; 2. Center-Based includes childcare for families working or in school full-time from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 3. Prenatal includes weekly maternal wellness, child development information, childbirth and parenting preparation.
Parenting Helpline - 1.800.346.ABCD or 721.7690 Call to set up phone appointment, 9 a.m.-5.p.m. Monday-Friday. Free telephone service of Parenting Programs of Families First answers questions about children and parenting. Discuss developmental, behavioral or other common child-rearing issues with a staff member.
Planet Kids. Suzin Kratina, 542-3346. YWCA Missoula’s supervised visitation and exchange center. Planet Kids offers a safe meeting place for child visitations and exchanges between custodial and noncustodial parents where domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or child abuse has occurred