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[06-19-2017] 2017 ENC Grant Award Announcement Ceremony  Read More...


[11-28-2016] Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence [MPNE] ~ BSI and MPNE hold stakeholders' reunion  Read More...


 
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"In our philanthropically limited region, BSI is uniquely focused on developing collaborative approaches to build rural communities, regional, and statewide nonprofit efforts."

Mark Kelley, Montana Trustee

The Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation
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:   Michael Schechtman, Executive Director, BSI, (406) 443-5860