BOZEMAN, Mont. – Family Promise of Gallatin Valley has received a nearly $1 million grant through the State of Montana to increase access to child care for underserved families facing instability housing or homelessness.
The funding allows Family Promise to significantly expand its current services at its Rising Stars Early Learning Center.
Family Promise Director of Development Robin Mayer told me that 1 in 3 children in the region do not have access to early learning or their parents cannot afford preschool learning opportunities.
The current child care crisis in Montana is the result of insufficient supply to meet demand as well as the inability of schools to recruit and retain staff.
The grant money will help the early learning center enroll more students for more hours of the day.
“To be open one day over the weekend because we know a lot of our families that we serve don’t work traditional hours. They don’t work 9 to 5, so we’ll be able to accommodate them. We’re also going to be able to hire about 20 new teachers and accommodate about 40 new children,” Mayer said.
There will be 24 places open for children from 0 to 2 years old and 16 places for children from 3 to 5 years old.
Rising Stars Early Learning Center provides quality child care and early learning experiences for families and their children, regardless of their ability to pay.
The grant money also helped meet the majority of the nonprofit’s scholarship needs.
Currently, 21 families benefit from the Family Promise Child Care Bursary and the remaining families are full tuition paying families.
According to Family Promise, 31% of the families they serve are minority families, some of whom do not have English as their first language.
You will find more information about the preschool learning program and how to enroll your child. here.