Family Support Network recognizes that children are the foundation of the future and that the family, as a basic unit of society, is the natural environment for the growth and development of all its members. Our agency 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 recognizes 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 Program, Triple P Program, and Native American culture and traditions for families in Wyola and Crow Agency. The MT CTF funds Family Support Network’s services in Big Horn County and Family Fun Nights in both Crow Agency and Wyola.
Head Start, Inc. will offer preschool aged parenting classes and home visiting following the Incredible Years curriculum twice a year (Fall and Spring) 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 community partners with the goal of creating an efficient and effective system of early childhood services in the Greater Gallatin area to ensure that every child has a healthy and enriched beginning. The 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 Montana State University Extension began its work in 2002 with a mission to provide support and education to grandparent caregivers across the State. The project will offer Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) curriculum to GRGs in 15 communities and provide packets to new GRGs when they first receive their grandchildren.
Thrive’s goal is to enhance child care and mental health referral network to better meet the needs of local families, increase parent leadership opportunities, and continue extensive 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 and 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 to support the implementation of the Circle of Parents evidence based program in Butte/Silver Bow Counties, increase public awareness of prevention resources and activities, and promoting parent leadership activities. BCC members will participate in the “Caring for our homeless Community” group.
The Nurturing Tree Family Resource Center provides a place to find information and resources on raising children from infancy through the 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 connections, family fun 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. will promote and process referrals to Circle of Security Parenting and Nurturing Parenting Programs through a variety of community venues. Circle of Security Parenting and Nurturing Parenting will be implemented across the calendar year. The group education sessions provide parent support groups that help parents deal with their 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 will be referred to home visiting programs that provide support and assistance to expecting and new mothers in their homes.
Lame Deer, MT
Best Beginnings Early Childhood Community Coalition protected by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was established in 2012 and currently has 22 partnerships/stakeholders. 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. The MT CTF is providing funding to support the “Family Spirit” evidence based home visiting model, approved by John Hopkins Center for America Indian Health. Family Spirit is for new parents and pregnant teen moms ages 14-21 years of age to increase parenting knowledge & involvement, decreased emotional & behavioral problems in mothers, decrease maternal depression, increase home safety, and decrease emotional & behavioral problems of infants at one year post-partum.
Healthy Start Missoula (HSM) was formed under the Missoula Forum for Children and Youth (The Forum) in the 1990s and became Missoula County’s local BBCC in 2011. HSM currently has 13 council members and 23 general members. The MT CTF funding will be used to expand respite care at The Parenting Place in Missoula, to provide parent leadership workshops, and to connect more at-risk families with appropriate supportive services.