High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Montana, which serve more than 20,000 children and families.
“A strong, well-funded public education system is very important to all Montanans and will assist us in the long-term growth of our economy.” – State Representative Gregory Hertz (R-MT)
“Early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare our children for future success. Giving kids an early boost will pay big dividends down the road for Montana. By focusing on early childhood education and improving school readiness, we are investing in Montana’s future.” – Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)