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What People Say About Us
"BSI helped us assess our strengths and weaknesses as a board, and develop a plan to expand the Foundation’s role as a full service community foundation in Bozeman… a real turning point for our organization."

Gayle Hokanson, Former President

Bozeman Area Community 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