It seems like only yesterday I was driving around Missoula with a printout in my hand of preschool providers accepting new children. My daughter’s daycare provider had experienced a sudden health emergency that left her unable to care for children anymore. I was looking for the best preschool in Missoula I could afford, and pronto.
The printout came from Child Care Resources, and helped whittle down my search to less than a handful of possibilities. In some communities, however, there are only a handful of preschool providers – or fewer.
So parents and providers in these places are sure to rejoice at this news, relayed by email this week:
Montana Awarded $10 Million to Expand Access
to High-Quality Early Childhood Education
in High Needs Communities
HELENA – Today, Governor Steve Bullock and Superintendent Denise Juneau announced that Montana has been awarded a $10 million-a-year federal Preschool Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase capacity and expand access to high-quality early childhood education in sixteen high needs communities throughout the state. The grant provides support for school districts in these communities to improve professional and program development, including scholarships for early childhood educators, building Montana’s early childhood workforce to ensure they’re able to meet the accreditation and licensure standards recently approved by the Montana Board of Public Education. Additionally, grant funds will be used to expand access to publicly funded, high-quality early childhood educational programs in these communities. This competitive grant can be renewed for up to four years, for a maximum of $40 million awarded. More than 6,000 four-year-olds are expected to be served over a four-year period. A total of 18 states received preschool development grants.