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The Montana Legislature must expand publicly funded preschool :


Now that the dust has settled from the Nov. 6 election, state lawmakers are about to set the table for the 2019 Legislature. A top priority on that menu needs to be an expansion of publicly funded preschool. The ...


First year of Montana's state-funded preschool seen as success:


A new report finds that Montana's first-year experiment in publicly funded preschool for 4-year-olds has been successful, and Bozeman's participating preschool teacher couldn't agree more. "We think ...


Governor Bullock Highlights Success of First-Ever Publicly Funded Preschool in Montana:




Montana STARS Preschool Report Card from Gov. Steve Bullock:


As a father and as governor, I want to make sure that every child has every opportunity to succeed. A recent report card https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/hcsd/documents/ChildCare/STARSPreschool/STARSPreEvalFinal.pdf ...


Program will offer free pre-k education in Montana - Enroll your 3 or 4 year old today for next summer's program.:


Waterford Institute http://www.waterfordupstart.org , a non-profit out of Utah recently won a $14.2 million grant from the federal government to fully fund their UPSTART program in five new states. Starting ...


Funders for Montana's Children:


The research is clear; the experts agree - everything we need to function as a productive human being forms in our brain in the first years of our life. Yet, early childhood development initiatives ...


Guest view: Early childhood development an economic imperative for Montana:


Across Montana, as the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in more than 10 years, business leaders face challenges finding qualified workers to fill job openings. Increasingly, Montana employers ...


Gazette opinion: Success for Montana's students begins with preschool :


Montanans concerned that our children graduate high school ready for college and careers must be concerned that they get a good start. Student success begins in high-quality preschool. Full Opinion: ...


Montana plans to apply for new round of federal preschool grants:




A new Zaentz Foundation video: Civic and business leaders discuss the power of early childhood education:


"For every 10 children in the U.S., six have access to some early education before kindergarten," Harvard's Nonie Lesaux says in the video. However, "Only two of those six are in a setting that we would ...


Planning partnerships between early education and health care:


High quality early education programs can boost children's health. But to do so, these programs need to build partnerships with health care providers. To explore this idea, the National Academies of ...


Lit takes a village for pre-K education:


"It's important for programs to include parents because they are their child's first teacher," Families and community organizations join early literacy programs to give students a strong start in ...


Innovative early learning projects vie for grant funding :


Launched in January, the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative -- funded by a $35.5 million donation from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation https://www.educationdive.com/news/wanted-innovative-early-education-models/514099/ ...


Gazette opinion: Closing Montana's preschool gap :


It's too early to assign a final grade to the STARS program, but research confirms the lifelong benefits of ensuring that youngsters start kindergarten ready to learn. Dozens of four-year-olds in ...


Lockwood, Montana, long a preschool proponent, beefs up its program with a state grant:


Lockwood is one of a handful of school districts in Montana that have put money from their K-12 budget into preschool. This year, a state grant allowed them to double down at a time when their previous ...


Ontario calls for investing $2.2 billion for free child care:


Leaders in Ontario, Canada's second-largest province, are talking a giant step forward: calling for a $2.2 billion plan to create full-day, fully licensed child care for "preschool children from the age ...


Montana partners with private providers in trial run of publicly funded preschool:


"There's such a need for it. We've got waiting lists in every classroom." Kountry Kare sticks out along Highway 312, where the suburbs of Billings give way to ranches. There's clearly demand in the ...


Missoulian editorial - What works to prevent child abuse and neglect in Montana? :


Missoulians may have noticed increasing numbers of blue pinwheels popping up around town. It's part of a month-long, statewide campaign to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect, and to draw attention ...
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Governor Bullock Showcases Early Childhood Education Experiences for Kids, Student Teachers:


Bullock visits lab preschool that benefits children and student teachers through Montana's first-ever investment in publicly funded preschool Governor Steve Bullock today showcased Flathead Valley ...


Gov. Bullock visits FVCC's Early Childhood Center:


Montana Governor Steve Bullock visited Flathead Valley Community College's Early Childhood Center. FVCC's Early Childhood Center was one of 17 preschool providers in the state that received a grant ...


Examining local workforce needs through the lens of preschool planning:


To better define the crisis, Strategies for Children has released a new policy brief - "ECE Workforce Needs: Local Solutions from Preschool Planning" http://www.strategiesforchildren.org/doc_research/ECEWorkforceBrief.pdf ...


Governor Bullock hopes data from Montana classrooms will sway legislators for public preschool:


Bullock was already touting a new round of data from the STARS grant-funded Head Start classroom in Billings after he visited the program in March and begins to rev up for another legislative push to ...


Montana Governor Bullock seeks to keep early childhood education:


Gov. Steve Bullock has been an outspoken advocate for investing in early childhood education, arguing that Montana has been one of only a handful of states not to do so. In 2015 he proposed the $37 ...


Investing in Montana's Kids - Gov. Steve Bullock:


Today, I visited three of Montana's first ever state-funded preschool classrooms in Billings, Lockwood, and Shepherd. I listened directly to teachers, parents, and kids who are benefitting from this first-ever ...


Federally-funded research finds a link between high-quality pre-K programs and college:


"Researchers led by Arthur Reynolds, Ph.D., at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, followed the 30-year progress of 989 children who attended the Child-Parent Centers (CPC) program in inner-city ...


What's cooking in Montana early childhood efforts:




Alums pledge $1 million to MSU to bolster early childhood education:


A couple who attended Montana State University in the late 1950s and early 1960s have agreed to give the university $1 million to bolster early childhood education. The gift from Don and Sue Fisher ...


Governor Bullock Celebrates Expanded Preschool Center in Belgrade:


Bullock joins families and kiddos in Belgrade who will have increased access to high-quality early childhood education Governor Steve Bullock today joined teachers, families and kiddos to celebrate ...


Early Education's Effects Last Through High School:


Study after study keeps coming to the same conclusion: Early education works. Now new research drives home the point: Early education provides benefits that last through high school. That's the ...


'Intentional' teaching has big impact on preschoolers:


The instructional practices of preschool teachers may have the largest effect on young children's social and academic skills, a new review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood ...

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