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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 ...


Conference focuses on early education opportunities for Montana children:


More than 100 educators, health care workers, state, and local government representatives and other professionals from around Montana gathered in Helena on Tuesday to talk about how to improve early education ...


10 Characteristics of Preschool-Age Children:


A State and Local Data Tool to Inform Policy and Action Understanding the characteristics of preschool-age children in our states and communities is an important first step for supporting children's ...


New preschool programs launch in Montana, funded by temporary state grant:


Sue Dallapiazza started as Alberton's first-ever preschool teacher with only a few days to buy supplies, set up a room and build a program. "White, blank walls. There was nothing there. We had to go ...


According to the Montana Office of Public Instruction, children who don't attend preschool are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school.:


Conference emphasizes importance of preschool education in Montana More than 400 education professionals are attending the Montana Preschool Development Grant (MPDG) Summer Institute Conference ...


Inequality Starts Early:


Inequality between children from low-income families and those from high-income families starts early - and creates a daunting achievement gap. "...children's earliest learning experiences ...


Governor Bullock Announces Preschool Opportunities in Communities Across Montana:


Bullock: "More Montana kids will now have even greater opportunities growing up here" After securing the first-ever state investment in publicly funded preschool, Governor Steve Bullock today announced ...


"Better Education Starts With Adults: Our treatment of educators and leaders is key to improving early childhood education.":


Supporting the Adults in Early Education July 26, 2017 by Alyssa Haywoode "How do we go about the task of simultaneously expanding and improving early education - creating more classrooms ...
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Montana in midst of expanding quality preschool :


Working parents of young children pay dearly for child care in Montana. A recent analysis from the Montana Budget and Policy Center pegged the annual average cost of full-time care for a 4-year-old at ...


Now Available: Preschool for Montana:


June marks the end of Montana's school year, and when summer vacation ends and another school year begins this fall, Montana families will have greater access to quality early childhood education programs ...

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