Child care is an essential service that supports families and helps young children learn and grow. However, many communities face challenges in providing affordable, high-quality child care to their residents. This affects not only families but the local economy as businesses and employers also take a hit when there is a workforce issue due to a lack of proper child care. As a community member, employer, or leader, there are several ways you can get involved and help address these issues. One of the most effective ways is to work with Montana Child Care Business Connect! We can help provide you with information on the current state of child care in your community, as well as opportunities and strategies to bolster action in your community. By getting involved and taking action, you can help ensure that families, businesses and children thrive.
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.
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.
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.