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"BSI’s Montana Nonprofit Connections Program is one of the most extraordinary examples of capacity building in the country, and serves as a national rural model for collaborative grantmaking."

Janine Lee, Co-Founder Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

President & CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations
Montana Early Care Initiative

Numerous studies have shown that investment in early care and education is a powerful lever for propelling children toward success. Two-thirds of Montana’s 36,800 low-income and poverty level children receive no financial assistance in accessing quality child care, which can exceed 30% of a family’s income. Therefore, they must rely on informally provided child care, the quality of which is inconsistent. This is especially true for under-served families in low-population, rural counties; in Indian reservation communities; and in low-income communities in the more populated counties.

The Montana Early Care Initiative (ECI) is a new multi-year program of the Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI) designed to:

Expand and strengthen the organizational capacity of the 11 community-based Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies that serve all of Montana, including the seven Indian reservations. CCR&Rs are the foundational building blocks for the child care and education services delivery system.

Build expanded and ongoing philanthropic support for the vital CCR&R agencies and the direct providers of early care and education services; and Expand and strengthen the infrastructure that supports and assists the CCR&R agencies and the direct providers of early care and education services.

ECI: Concept Summary
ECI: Full Concept Paper
ECI: Media Release

Article: "Foundations Rally for Early Child Care"

For additional information contact: Michael Schechtman, Executive Director, BSI, 406-443-5860.