Family Support Network knows that children are the future and the family is the natural setting for the growth and development of all its members. It seeks to provide support and assistance to children diagnosed with a mental illness and their families, as well as families and their children at risk for abuse or neglect. FSN sees the importance of parents in the lives of their children and seeks to help them access appropriate support and services and to educate them in appropriate, nurturing parenting techniques. Family Support Network combines the Nurturing Parenting, Triple P, and Native American culture and traditions for families in Wyola and Crow Agency. MT CTF funds services in Big Horn County and Family Fun Nights in Crow Agency and Wyola.
Explorer's Academy will offer preschool aged parenting classes and home visiting following the Incredible Years curriculum twice a year in Billings, Lockwood, Laurel, and Carbon County. Classes will also be offered to those parenting children with autism spectrum diagnosis and language delays in the Spring.
Gallatin Early Childhood Community Coalition (ECCC) is a community effort to promote thriving children from birth through age eight. It provides leadership to partners to create an efficient and effective system of early childhood services in the Greater Gallatin area. Gallatin ECCC will use the MT CTF funding to support child abuse and neglect prevention services in the Gallatin Valley, promote public awareness of early childhood issues, work with partners to support services for homeless youth, support the work of the MT Project LAUNCH, and engage more parental involvement in the Gallatin ECCC and MT Project LAUNCH councils.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Project sponsored by MSU Extension began in 2002 with a mission to provide support and education to grandparent caregivers across the State. The project offers the Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) curriculum to GRGs in 15 communities and provides packets to new GRGs.
Thrive’s goal is to enhance child care and mental health referral network to meet the needs of local families, increase parent leadership opportunities, and continue community outreach efforts. Thrive provides parenting classes, family support groups, a resource library, home visiting, and community resource referrals. Parent Place offers Child Advancement Project, Parent Liaison Program, Partnership Project to Strengthen Families, Parent Place Family Resource Center, and Girls for a Change. The Partnership Project is a proven prevention program targeting young/teen parents with young children.
The Butte Community Council (BCC) was formed from an informal school readiness work group. It has evolved into a formal early childhood coalition recognized by the State of Montana and includes 27 organizations and 39 individuals. The BCC has elected officers, a coordinator; has created a Children’s Mental Health Committee. The MT CTF is providing funding for Circle of Parents evidence based program in Butte/Silver Bow Counties, public awareness of prevention resources and activities, and parent leadership activities. BCC members will engage in the “Caring for our homeless Community” group.
The Nurturing Tree Family Resource Center provides information and resources on raising children from infancy through teenage years. The Nurturing Tree offers a wide variety of community based and prevention focused programs and activities to strengthen and support families such as Love and Logic parenting classes, Parents as Teachers Home Visiting, youth development programs, social supports, family activities and parenting resources. Car seat safety checks, safe sitter classes, and take-home learning kits are also offered.
Great Falls, MT
Alliance for Youth, Inc. promotes and processes referrals to Circle of Security and Nurturing Parenting programs. The group sessions provide support that help parents deal with everyday stresses and meet the challenges of parenting. Parents will be linked to existing community support groups and services. Individual counseling sessions may be conducted in office or in the client’s home. As appropriate, families are referred to home visiting programs that support and assist expecting and new mothers in their homes.
Lame Deer, MT
Best Beginnings Early Childhood Community Coalition protected by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was began in 2012 and currently has 22 partners. The Coalition has an active Steering Committee comprised of Tribal programs, schools, and organizations. The Coalition has four committees: Family Spirit, Circle of Kinship Care, Drug Task Force, Drug Free Communities. MT CTF funds support Family Spirit home visiting. Family Spirit is for new parents and pregnant teen moms ages 14-21 years of age to increase parenting knowledge & involvement, decrease emotional & behavioral problems in mothers, decrease maternal depression, increase home safety, and decrease emotional & behavioral problems of infants at one year of age.
Healthy Start Missoula (HSM) was formed in the 1990s and became Missoula County’s local BBCC in 2011. HSM has 13 council members and 23 general members. MT CTF funds will expand respite care at The Parenting Place, provide parent leadership workshops, and connect more at-risk families with appropriate supportive services.