Analysis shows significant needs in providing early childhood education for Montana families

Nov 05, 2019

In September 2019, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) released a comprehensive study on Montana’s early childhood system, including recommendations on ways to better provide affordable, quality early childhood care and education. DPHHS conducted this needs assessment in conjunction with a federal grant that the state received to look at and improve its early childhood system.

The needs assessment, conducted by an independent consultant, is a whopping 143 pages, rich with data on how families are (or are not) accessing child care in Montana and provides 85 recommendations to the state on ways to improve our early childhood education system.

First, let’s set the stage with some pretty sobering numbers on what families are grappling with when it comes to accessing affordable and quality child care.

Now, let’s talk about our current child care system.

What can Montana do to begin to address the growing issues for working families struggling to find quality child care and education? We will highlight some of the many recommendations from the needs assessment in tomorrow’s blog.

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