Investments in Early Childhood - Montana Early Childhood Project

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Investments in Early Childhood An essential industry that is both good for business and vital to Montana’s economy

Everyone benefits from Montana’s early care and education industry. Building partnerships ensures that there is a high-quality and affordable early childhood system for all of Montana’s families.

Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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Background The Insight Center for Community Economic Development is a national research, consulting and legal organization dedicated to building economic health and opportunity in vulnerable communities. The Insight Center works in collaboration with foundations, nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses to develop, strengthen and promote programs and public policy that:

■ Lead to good jobs—jobs that pay enough to support a family, offer benefits and the opportunity to advance

■ Strengthen early care and education systems so that children can thrive and parents can work or go to school

■ Enable people and communities to build financial and educational assets The Insight Center was formerly known as the National Economic Development and Law Center. This report is the result of a unique collaboration between the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services Bureau, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and the Governor’s Education Initiative. Together these partners formed a technical committee, who provided expertise around the data for this report. The Technical Committee included: ƒ Becky Fleming-Siebenaler Department of Public Health and Human Services, Licensure Bureau ƒ Mike Halligan Executive Director Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation ƒ Libby Hancock Director, Montana Early Childhood Project, Montana State University ƒ Susan Harper-Whalen Center Co-Director Child Care Plus: The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood ƒ Daphne Herling Montana KIDS COUNT Director of Development and Community Research The University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research ƒ Chris Hettinger Fiscal Officer Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau ƒ Christy Hill Larson Director Montana Head Start Office ƒ Jan Lombardi Governor's Education Advisor Governor's Office ƒ Dan McCarthy Preschool Specialist Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5

ƒ Melody Olson Program Specialist Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau ƒ Donna O'Neill Administrator Measurement & Accountability Division, Montana Office of Public Instruction ƒ Gloria O'Rourke Coordinator Montana Economic Development Association ƒ Jamie Palagi Bureau Chief Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau ƒ Erica Peterson Swanson Part C Coordinator Developmental Disabilities Program, Community Services Bureau ƒ Jennifer Cole Governor's Indian Affairs Coordinator Office of the Governor, Office of Indian Affairs ƒ Mary Jane Standaert Project Director, Montana Head Start/State Collaboration Office ƒ Pat Wise Governor’s Office of Economic Development ƒ Todd Younkin Bureau Chief Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

Acknowledgements This publication was written by Insight Center staff Saskia Traill, Ph.D. and Melissa Ramos. The authors are indebted to the partners on the project: Mike Halligan of The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation; Jamie Palagi of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Services Bureau; Pat Wise of the Governor’s Economic Development Office; and Jan Lombardi of the Governor’s Education Initiative. In addition, the authors and the partners wish to thank the following Montana leaders for reviewing and commenting on this report and its findings. ƒ Jim Davison

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