Community Capacity Cohort 3 – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Montana Child Care Business Connect is now accepting applications for the second community cohort for our community child care business capacity-building program.

The community capacity building work of Montana Child Care Business Connect (MCCBC) is kicking off its third Community Cohort. Montana Child Care Business Connect will engage up to 10 communities throughout Montana for a period of 6 months who are interested in addressing their child care gaps through a collaborative community-led process. MCCBC recognizes that communities are at varying levels of implementation, including communities that received Child Care Innovation and Infrastructure Grants through the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The purpose of this cohort is to provide individualized technical assistance while also providing a shared networking space. 

Montana Child Care Business Connect will offer five main areas of assistance to cohort participants: 

  1. Provide resources, information, and referrals as needed 
  2. Consultation on community strategic and action plan 
  3. Provide 1:1 consultation around business/action planning  
  4. Provide networking opportunities across the state  
  5. Provide Funding for communities that did not receive the Child Care Innovation and Infrastructure Grants through DPHHS

Community participants will follow a process to evaluate, enhance, establish, and expand existing and/or new child care programs. Applications should be submitted by a team of invested community members. Teams are encouraged to include a cross-sector of individuals. Team representatives may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Local business leaders 
  • Community and civic organizations 
  • Economic development programs 
  • Child care programs 
  • School districts 
  • Local government 
  • City or county administrations 
  • Parents/families

The purpose of the cohort is to support multisector collaboration at the community level for child care solutions that are sustainable. Stand-alone entities such as a school district or child care program should only apply if they have an identified core team. Communities that did not receive the Child Care Innovation and Infrastructure Grants through the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding that will be rewarded at the conclusion of the 6-month period contingent on participation.  

The application for cohort 3 is now open will close on February 16, 2024.
Questions? Contact Community Navigator Shelby Whelan: shelbyw@zerotofive.org

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One-On-One Support

Schedule a Business Consultation

with Senior Child Care Business Advisor Jason Nitschke

Jason joins Zero to Five Montana as our Senior Child Care Business Advisor after eight years in economic development as Vice President with the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and Regional Director of the Great Falls area Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He will be delivering educational opportunities and one-on-one consultation support to entrepreneurs and communities starting, growing, and expanding child care and early education solutions.

Schedule a Community Consultation

with Community Navigator Shelby Whelan

Shelby is a people-person who is excited to continue her community development work as the Community Navigator for Montana Child Care Business Connect. She helped develop and implement community-led projects related to children and families, facilitated a handful of early childhood coalitions and committees, received the 2022 Moving Mountains award, and became invested in the need for early childhood systems change in Montana.

Meeting demand

Montana Child Care Business Connect (MCCBC) supports the start, stability, viability, and expansion of high-quality, early child care businesses in Montana and helps cultivate child care business stability and sustainability.