Northern Montana Child Development Center (NMCDC) Head Start and Early Head Start is a no-cost, comprehensive program serving primarily low-income expectant families and families with children ages 0 to 5 year old in Hill, Blaine and Liberty Counties. We receive a grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services. In addition to educational services, children and families may also receive the following services:
- Vision Screening
- Hearing Screening
- Child Development Assessment
- Speech Services
- Language Development
- Cognitive Development
- Gross Motor Development
- Fine Motor Development
- Field Trips
- Family Advocacy
- Healthy Meals and Snacks
- Special Needs Services**
- Nutrition Services
- Indoor and Outdoor Play
- Mental Health Services
- Training for Parents
- Medical Exams
- Dental Exams
- Growth Assessments
- Basic Skills
*Busing available in Havre area only. Transportation in all other areas must be made by participants families.
Preschool Classroom Option
With this option, the children attend class 4 days a week (Tues-Fri) for 3 1/2-4 hours a day. Breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack are provided to the children. There are currently seven preschool classrooms located at 1360 Lincoln Ave in Havre and one classroom is located at Hillview Apartments.
Havre classrooms only
Infant/Toddler Center Based Option
The infant/Toddler Child Care Center is available to families with a need of childcare of at least 20 hours per week because of work, school, or TANF program requirements. The center is open from 7:30 am– 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday. The center is closed for Mondays and state holidays. There are 4 classrooms with a total of 28 slots available in the center.
Home Base Option
The home-based option is designed especially for rural families and families without the need for childcare. Families in this option receive an 1 1/2 hour home visit each week. The purpose of the home visit is to use the home as the child's primary learning environment and the parents as the child’s first teachers. The home visitor provides information on child development as well as family support and referrals to community resources. Families and home visitors meet 2 times a month for socialization activities.
Expectant Family Option
This option is designed for expectant families and is tailored to the families’ needs. Families receive information on pregnancy and fetal development as well as family support and referrals to community resources. Once the child is born, he or she is placed in the appropriate Infant/Toddler option based on availability. Expectant families are also invited to attend socialization activities.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) defines school readiness as children being ready for school, families ready to support their children's learning, and schools ready for the children who enter their doors.
Children's school readiness is measured by the skills set out in the five domains of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework:
- Language and Literacy
- Cognition and General Knowledge
- Approaches to Learning
- Physical Development and Health
- Social and Emotional Development
Families are engaged in their children's learning and development and are poised to support the lifelong success of their child. Head Start recognizes that parents are their children's primary teachers and advocates.
As Head Start programs, parents, and schools work together to promote school readiness and engage families as their children make the transition to kindergarten, schools become ready for children. Learn more about school readiness.
The Policy Council actively participates in the development of school readiness goals and helps to assess the program’s progress in achieving those goals. The Policy Council also promotes the critical role that parents play in supporting their children’s progress towards school readiness
The Policy Council actively participates in the development of school readiness goals and helps to assess the program’s progress in achieving those goals. The Policy Council also promotes the critical role that parents play in support their children’s progress towards school readiness. The following lists the Policy Council members for school year 2015-2016.
|D: Chairperson||Jamie Larson||Crystal|
|D: Co-Vice Chairperson||Margaret Scovel||Paige|
|D: Co-Vice Chairperson||Christine Schilling||Tiny Town|
|D: Co-Parliamentarian||Patricia Nilsen||Becky|
|D: Co-Parliamentarian||Kristy Roberts||Jen|
|D:||Kasthuri Udayakumar||Lullaby Lane|
|HRDC Board REP||Dawn Bishop Moore||HRDC Board Member|
For more information about Head Start and Early Head start go to the following www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Samantha Clawson, Director - 265-5810/ Ext. 1322 Email
Please contact one of the persons listed above for more information or an application.