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Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships
Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships offer child care payment assistance to low-income parents who are working and/or participating in pre-approved education programs, with certain limitations.

Star Quality

Best Beginnings Quality Programs
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) administers the Best Beginnings Quality Programs through contracts with local Resource and Referral programs, the Montana University System, private child care providers and other entities to provide child care providers with start-up, expansion, and training opportunities. These programs have been thoughtfully designed to maximize limited resources so that access to quality early childhood programs is improved for all children.

Best Beginnings Quality programs promote training, professional development, and environmental improvement support for all licensed and registered child care facilities.

Child & Adult Care Food Program

Child and Adult Care Food Program
Montana’s Early Childhood Services Bureau and its Best Beginnings quality child care programs recognize nutrition as an important element in child care. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is the State agency’s child nutrition, administrative and financial expertise that provides policy and guidance for menus, meals and food service management in child care. The CACFP provides reimbursement for meals served in participating institutions when those meals meet federal US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and align with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The CACFP is available to infants, children, and impaired or older adults enrolled in institutions that participate in the CACFP. Eligible institutions are family day care homes, child care centers, afterschool and outside school hours facilities, adult day care facilities, and emergency shelters.

Head Start

Head Start - State Collaboration Office
It is the goal of the Head Start Collaboration to impact the lives of low-income children and families by influencing state and local policy and the effective delivery of services, while linking Head Start programs and communities through collaborative relationships.

Healthy Montana Teen Parent Program
The Healthy Montana Teen Parent Program supports expectant and parenting teens and their children through high schools and community service centers. With a priority focus of supporting American Indian teens, the program seeks to facilitate participants' self-sufficiency, build parenting capacity, encourage postsecondary education and workforce preparedness, and improve the healthy growth and development of their children.

School Readiness

School Readiness
Success in learning occurs before kindergarten. Families, communities, services and schools all play a part in a child’s school readiness by supporting the development of skills and positive behaviors, as well as enhancing the environments in which they spend their time.

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