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Cømmunity Guide 2021 Flip Book File

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Parents need safe, affordable child care so they can work and support their families. High quality early childhood care and education builds a strong foundation for healthy development and learning which prepares children to be successful in school and life. Family Connections gives parents peace of mind knowing that their child is thriving and growing! • Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships help families pay for licensed child care. • Free referrals help families find licensed child care and education programs. • Information to make the best choice for your child and family with the Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care. Parents are children's first and most important teachers • 80% of the brain is fully developed by age 3 and 90% by age 5. • Brains are built through caring relationships, daily routines, and activities. • Track your child's growth and development online at cdc.gov/actearly. • Download the free VROOM phone app for age appropriate brain building activities at vroom.org. Why choose quality, licensed child care? • Children stay safe with background screened and trained staff. • Children perform better in math, language, and reading. • Children show fewer behavioral problems. • Children receive support early and are more likely to enter school on track with their peers. • Children are more likely to graduate from high school, have more job opportunities, and higher earnings. Family Connections can help you start or expand a high quality early care and education program. • Resources to help new and established business owners. • Grants and financial incentives to support your business. • Achieve individual quality goals through classroom training, onsite coaching, and mentoring. • Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program. dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/ChildCare/STARS • Market your business to families searching for early care and education programs. Family, Friend & Neighbor Child Care (FFN) is another option for parents. • The Family/Friend/Neighbor program provides training, CPR/First Aid, and background checks. • May be the best choice when licensed care is unavailable or a child has special needs. For more information, contact the Child Care Licensing FFN program online dphhs.mt.gov/qad/licensure/childcarelicensing/ lcpapplication. This project is funded in whole or in part under a Contract with the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department. This project was funded with federal funds at a cost of $895 for publica on. Every child deserves a successful future! We help families FIND and PAY for child care! Contact Family Connec ons today! We can help you start or expand a high quality child care in your community! 51 Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce www.greatfallschamber.org Family Connections Believes Every Child Deserves a Successful Future

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