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AWARE Ink Newsletter

Early childhood receives $1.87 million federal grant

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

AWARE is proud to announce that it has accepted a $1.87 million grant for its Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program. The grant serves 72 children and their families in Bozeman, Butte, Helena, and Whitehall.

The funds are distributed as part of U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s goal to ensure families across Montana receive educational, physical and emotional

support in a way that’s convenient and cost effective.

AWARE’s Child Care Partnership program partners with local child care facilities and contracts with them to offer Early Head Start services and benefits in their centers. Services and benefits include full-day or part-day child care options; behavioral health services; Best Beginnings scholarships; healthy meals and snacks daily; diapers, wipes and formula; and more.

In addition to the Child Care Partnership services, AWARE also has four early childhood centers in Billings, Belgrade, Butte and Helena that provides care for 212 children.

For more information about the grant, please contact Melinda Wade Corso at 406.360.8856 or

About AWARE Early Head Start Services

EarlyHead Start is federally funded, full-day and full-year, family centered early care and education program for low-income infants and toddlers (ages birth to three). The program provides continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of participating children.

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