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Early Childhood Services

Documents and Resources

Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships

Children's Health and Nutrition

Emergency Preparedness

Fun Family Activities

The purpose of this document is to help you with ways to support your child’s learning through fun and interactive activities. Most of the activities are designed to fit into your family’s day-to-day routines.

fun family activities

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Grant Information

Homelessness Education Resources

Knowledge Base

This document embraces developmentally appropriate practice as explained in Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 (NAEYC, 2009). While primarily focused on the competencies needed to effectively work with children birth to age 5, competencies often apply to teachers of children through age 8 and older. There is no charge for shipping and handling.

knowledge base

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Legally Certified Provider Program

Montana's Early Learning Standards (MELS)

Montana’s Early Learning Guidelines for Children 3 to 5 (2004) and Montana’s Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers (2009) were incorporated into one document that represents a continuum of growth and development for children from birth to age 5. This integrated document is called the 2014 Montana Early Learning Standards (MELS). Copies of this document are available through the Early Childhood Services Bureau.


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Policy Manual

  • Child Care Policy Manual (revising)

School Readiness

Children are born ready to learn. The experiences that children have in the early years are the foundation for growth and development, and what they learn through these experiences are shaped by a child’s family, community and schools.

The building blocks for success in learning occurs before kindergarten. Families, communities, 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.

school readiness brochure

School Readiness Brochure

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State Plan

2014-2015 CCDF State Plan-If you require a copy of this State Plan, please contact Ruby Benasky

2016-2018 CCDF State Plan

2016 Montana Child Care Market Rate Survey Executive Summary

Taxes / Budget Resources