Early Childhood and Family Support Division

The Early Childhood and Family Support Division (ECFSD) was created in January 2020, to better coordinate existing services for children and families.

The Early Childhood and Family Support Division works with community providers and clinics across the state, and is home to many early childhood and family support programs including, but not limited to: child care; serving children with developmental delays; supporting families through nutrition education and support, maternal child health, home visiting, and child abuse prevention efforts. ECFSD strives to assure that children, youth, and families are healthy and thriving.

Early Childhood Services Bureau

The mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of early care and education in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.


Family and Community Health Bureau

The Family and Community Health Bureau (FCHB) is committed to promoting and improving the health and safety of Montanans. Our programs focus on providing education, clinical and/or preventative interventions, and resources for women, infants, youth and individuals throughout their reproductive years.


Fiscal and Operations Bureau

As the Fiscal and Operations Bureau, we are committed to providing and improve upon critical internal support for all programs in the following key infrastructure areas:

  • Financial, Accounting, Budget, Contracts, Procurement, Purchasing, Systems Support, Data & Information Support, 
  • Operational Support (Vendor Supports, Helpdesk, Civil Rights Process, oversight & monitoring) 
  • Business System Support, Management & Security
  • Data, Information, Reporting, and Integrity
  • Epidemiology Services & Strategies 

Children's Trust Fund

The Montana Children's Trust Fund strategically supports initiatives to effectively strengthen Montana's families and keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.

Early Childhood and Family Support Division (ECFSD)

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Children, youth, and families are healthy and thriving.


The Early Childhood and Family Support Division provides coordinated services and resources to promote well-being and support the health and development of children, individuals, families, and communities.

Guiding Principles:

We recognize that individuals, families, and communities have diverse backgrounds, experiences and needs which informs our program design and service throughout the state. 

Families are honored as the expert of their child and recognized as their child’s first and most influential teacher.

We value collaborative partnerships and our work with community agencies to best support Montanans.

We recognize and address equity and inclusion in our service delivery and program structure.

We promote prevention programs striving to ensure the safety of children and families while working to build individual resiliency and family strength.

We strive to use data to inform our decisions and program design.

We are committed to staff and workforce development to support professional growth and ensure our programs are administered innovatively and effectively.

We commit to administer programs intentionally and sustainably, with integrity and accountability.