• The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program plays a vital role in assuring the nutritional quality of meals and snacks served to eligible children. The CACFP provides cash reimbursements for meals served to enrolled participants that meet Federal nutritional guidelines outlined in the CACFP meal pattern. Participating institutions may be approved to claim up to two reimbursable meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper) and one snack, or two snacks and one meal, for each eligible participant, each day. Licensed Family, Group or Centers are eligible to participate.

  • Montana Early Childhood Project not only helps you find and track Professional Development hours, they offer Professional Development Incentive Awards. You can find more information about those here: http://www.mtecp.org/pdfs/AWARDSPDIA/NEWPDIAapp.pdf

  • Best Beginnings Child Care Resource and Referral
    Our mission is to promote early care and education for all children by helping families find and pay for child care, and helping child care providers meet their professional development goals.

  • Montana Child Care Resource & Referral Network is a statewide network of 11 community-based child care resource and referral agencies who work to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of child care for all Montana's families.

  • The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) "is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care" You can find more information on the NAFCC on their website, here: http://www.nafcc.org/. The NAFCC sponsors "the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers", and you can find more information about it here: http://www.nafcc.org/Getting-Started

    Hi-Line Home Programs can assist you with the process, or help you find more information about the NAFCC and what they offer.

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is "a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research". You can find more information on the NAEYC here: http://www.naeyc.org/ "Accreditation systems are a major part of NAEYC's efforts to improve early childhood education" and you can find information here: http://www.naeyc.org/accreditation

    HiLine Home Programs would love to help you learn more about the NAEYC and their Accreditation program, and can assist you in the process.

  • The Child Development Associate Credential is "the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE". Hi-Line Home Programs Staff can assist you as you move through the process of earning your CDA degree. You can find more information about the CDA here: http://www.cdacouncil.org/about/cda-credential or you can search for a PD Specialist here: https://www.yourcda.org/Find-a-PDS/pds_search.cfm?lang=en

  • Find online Child Care Trainings that are approved in Montana- including Safe Sleep, MELS, Med Administration 1 &2, etc.

  • The Montana Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (MECAP) is "a training program for people in the field of early care and education that includes on-the-job training with the support of a mentor and college-level classroom instruction". For more information, go to https://www.mtecp.org/pdfs/Christy/One%20Page%20Information.pdf

  • The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals.

  • "Through our research findings and resources provided on our website, we aim to improve screening tools and early detection of communication problems by maximizing the role of the family and to help families support their child’s development and access intervention services sooner." This is a great resource for speech development, milestones in communication, etc!

  • This is an excellent website/organization with information on Autism.

  • Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses that uses extensive video footage to bridge the gap between science and community practice.

  • Where you can "Play together, grow together. Iconic videos, educational tips,
    fun activities and behind-the-scenes moments just for you—bring Sesame Street into your family's everyday life." This website has tons of information, tool kits, etc on many different topics including teeth, dancing, feelings, reading, grief, music, autism etc. Parents, children, Providers etc will all find something of interest on this website.

  • The role of the Child Care Licensing Program within the Quality Assurance Division of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services is to regulate and monitor child care facilities. Additionally the Child Care Licensing Bureau is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well-being of the children receiving care in Montana.

    Through this link you will find
    •Forms and Information
    •Child Care Provider Search
    •File a Complaint
    •Child Care Licensors
    •Become a Child Care Provider
    •Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Resources

  • The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve 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.

    In following this link you will find information on the various programs and services provided by the ECSB.

  • The Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) administers, provides funding and monitors a service system that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We are located throughout Montana by the DDP Central Office in Helena and Regional Offices.

    DDP Services are available at no cost to eligible individuals of any age. Many kinds of services are offered through providers in communities or self-directed options. This support is separate from other assistance that is provided through schools, Medicaid, insurance, Social Security, etc.

  • Improving and protecting the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans

  • "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". You can find more information here.

  • The emergence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is at epidemic levels. But, as most would agree, ASD is an education, health and family issue that can be addressed successfully. Several entities at the University of Montana have combined resources with colleagues across Montana and the U.S. to develop a proactive, evidence-based approach to learning about and helping individuals, families and professionals thrive in this age of ASD.

  • This site has great links to other Early Childhood Education related sites.

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