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Early Childhood Services Bureau

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 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.

What's New?

Introducing Team Nutrition’s new resource:
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care

The USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is pleased to announce the release of Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care. This booklet is designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years old in family child care settings. This resource is a family child care version of FNS’ Grow It, Try It, Like It!  Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables.


Materials include:

  • Booklet featuring lesson plans for six featured fruits and vegetables
  • MyPlate Poster
  • Tasty Acres Farm Map
  • Memory Card Game

All materials are currently available in English online at Grow It, Try It, Like It

Please share this information with CACFP sponsoring organizations and homes in your State. If you have a social media account, please consider sharing the message graphic using the hashtag #TeamNutrition. For questions or more information, please contact TeamNutrition@fns.usda.gov. Print versions coming soon!

Planning for Winter Emergencies

From the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

If your program is located in an area subject to extreme cold and winter weather, you need a plan for handling weather-related emergencies. Review the new Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs (EPM) and use the tools within to create or revise your winter weather plan.

Community Forums - Thanks for Attending

The Early Childhood Services Bureau and the Child Care Licensing Program held joint community forums in selected cities this Fall.  The purpose of these forums was to have a discussion with parents, providers, and community members about the Child Care and Development Fund 2019-2021 State Plan. The State Plan defines health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlines family-friendly eligibility policies, and details requirements for parents and the general public to have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.  The community forums provided information on regulations, market rate and reimbursement, and changes in licensing rules.  Two hours of approved training hours were available for licensed child care providers. 

Community Forum Presentation Slides

Video Resources

Demonstration of Pyramid Model Practices

Civil Rights
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint. To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426
Denver, CO 80294
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
toll free 1-866-239-0458
(303) 844-2025 FAX
Patty Butler, Chief
DPHHS - Early Childhood Services Bureau
P.O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925