LOCAL FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
|CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
1725 Mt. Hwy. 35, Kalispell, MT 59901
Provides home and center based services for children, from ages 0-21 who are developmentally delayed or disabled, and their families. Provides evaluation, training and support. Fax 755-2426 Missoula 1-800-914-4774
|FLATHEAD CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
1035 1st Avenue West, Kalispell, MT 59901
Community Health Nurses provide breast feeding counseling, maternal child health information, limited pre-natal services, immunization clinics and home visits for families.
- REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINIC 751-8150
- WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN (WIC) 751-8170
- COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC 751-8110
| Flathead City-County Health School and Daycare Information
|THE NURTURING CENTER
146 3rd Ave W., Kalispell, MT 59901
Provides comprehensive support, education, and resources to families.
20 3rd Street East. Kalispell, MT 59901
Provides quality, community-based services to persons with challenging mental, emotional, and in some cases, physical needs who would otherwise be served in a more restrictive setting or perhaps not be served at all.
|FLATHEAD SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE
1001 S. Main St., Kalispell
Provides speech, language, psychological, occupational, physical therapy and preschool services to children 3-15 years old. Conducts Child Find outreach each fall and spring to identify children with special learning needs.
79 7th Ave. EN, Kalispell, MT 59901
Head Start is a pre-school program available at no cost to income eligible families
|KALISPELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #5
233 1st Avenue East, Kalispell, MT 59901
Special education services for children 3 years and up who have handicapping conditions and special needs. Elementary programs serve students in District #5 only, while high school provides services for students in Flathead County.
|PARENTS LETS UNITE FOR KIDS - PLUK
||270-1086 / 877-881-4421
A statewide group that supports families in their desire to help people with disabilities lead productive lives.
|STILLWATER THERAPEUTIC SERVICES
418 Windward Way, Kalispell, MT 59901
Outpatient and children's services. Provides outpatient counseling to children and families; children's case management; therapeutic foster care; family based services. Medicaid, insurance and Montana Mental Health Services Plan accepted. 24-hour crisis intervention services. Fax: 752-6262
The State of Montana offers two web-sites full of information about early childhood programs and services. A link to updates about Montana's Children Agenda will be found here as well during Montana's legislative session.
Early Childhood Services Bureau - Helena, MT
Montana's Early Childhood Services Bureau is dedicated to helping children and families succeed by increasing the affordability, accessibility and quality of early care and education. Find information about Best Beginning Child Care Scholarships, Quality Programs, the new Best Beginning STARS to Quality - Quality Rating Improvement System DRAFT for day care programs in Montana and much more.
Montana Early Childhood Project - Bozeman, MT
The Early Childhood Project is dedicated to improving the quality of programs and services for Montana's young children and their families. State publications and newsletter, including the Montana Early Learning Guidelines can be found here.
Information, position statements, advocacy efforts, and updates on legislative issues affecting children and families at the national level can be found at these web-sites.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC promotes national, state and local public policies that support a system of well-financed, high quality early childhood education programs in a range of settings, including child care centers, family child care homes, and schools. Read NAEYC's A Call to Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Defense Fund grew out of the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman. It has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families since its founding in 1973.