2018-2019 Grantees

Billings, MT

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. (406) 256-7783

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. (406) 869-1237

Bozeman/Belgrade, MT

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. (406) 454-6980

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. (406) 587-3840

Butte, MT

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. (406) 723-4019

Glendive, MT

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. (406) 377-7515

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. (406) 268-6432

Kalispell, MT

The Nurturing Center provides comprehensive support, education and resources to families in a way that focused on empowering parents to build stronger families and healthy, happy children. The facility in downtown Kalispell reaches out as a resource to the entire Flathead Valley community as well as Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders counties. The Nurturing Center’s programs are designed around the Six Protective Factors that, when present in a family, can eliminate or greatly reduce the risk of abuse or neglect and have been found to be essential in keeping children safe, happy, and healthy. (406) 756-1414

The Flathead Best Beginnings Community Council is designed to identify barriers and find solutions to eliminate those barriers, facilitate coordination among organizations serving young children and families, and eliminate the “silos” that so often exist among agencies and organizations providing essential early childhood services. Developmental, emotional, physical and socio-environmental needs of the young child and family system are being explored.  The council works to address service gaps and needs within the community so that a comprehensive system of care is available for young children.