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Flathead Valley Childhood & Family Advisory Council. Introductions. Brittany MacLean, Coordinator MS in Nonprofit Management & Urban Policy Background in Community Building & Project Management Mother of 4 Deep belief in the health of our children directly relating to the health of our world.
Brittany MacLean, Coordinator
MS in Nonprofit Management & Urban Policy
Background in Community Building & Project Management
Mother of 4
Deep belief in the health of our children directly relating to the health of our world
Please choose a picture
Think about how it might be a metaphor for the approach, or gifts, you bring to your work with children, family, or the community
My name is ________. I represent (agency or recent work.) I chose the __________ because like the ____________, I bring ___________ to my work with children & families.
The Montana Governor’s office was the applicant for funding dedicated by the federal Office of Head Start
Governor’s office received funding & the Early Childhood Services Bureau was designated as the lead agency
$664,000 was received by the state for council work & guidance/collaboration on 5 additional federal grant programs
Provide high quality Early Childhood & Family Support programs
Provide a comprehensive approach to addressing the social, emotional, physical and mental health of children and familiesin Montana.
Form and support Community Councils throughout Montana
Eastern Montana Community Councils (Glendive, Sidney & Miles City)
Missoula Best Beginnings Council
Ravalli County Community Council
Early Childhood Coalition of the Greater Helena Area
Greater Gallatin School Readiness Team
Flathead Valley Early Childhood & Family Advisory Council
20-30 years of pioneer leaders – both people and organizations – striving to bring attention and resources to the health of children & families, especially ages 0-5
The newly established Council to the Governor & our Flathead Valley Early Childhood Council represents an exciting culmination and achievement
Steering Committee has met to provide overall guidance & structure
Decisions & Recommendations will be taken directly to the Governor’s Advisory Council
Decisions & Recommendations will be made using the Consensus Model (more info to follow at subsequent meetings)
Important to maintain attendance at council meetings
Ad hoc members may be added to committee
Meetings will always include a public comment section of the agenda
Initial meeting was coordinated by The Nurturing Center and United Way
About 30 organizations were represented and agreed that we need better collaboration in our community
The Nurturing Center was chosen as fiscal agent and asked to apply for grant on behalf of council
Grant was awarded making our Council one of the 7 Best Beginning Councils in Montana working directly with the Governor’s Best Beginnings Council.
We were originally funded for a half time coordinator
To effectively identify -- and offer recommendations for addressing -- the root issues effecting families & young children in the Flathead Valley
To create a collaborative comprehensive system of care for families, especially with children ages 0-5
To make certain the work of the Council is not short lived or project driven
To make certain families with young children are supported in their communities
To provide children with access to high quality Early Childhood programs, a medical home, and medical insurance
To support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young children and families
Please share, from your perspective, what you feel has had the largest impact on the lives of young children, ages 0-5, and their families during the past 5-10 years.
What additional members do we need to appoint?
Confirmed, but unable to attend this meeting:
Superintendent Whitefish Schools
3 additional child care providers
Director Childshare of Montana
Complete accurate and thorough Needs Assessment (standardized documentation of trends, issues and data)
Use Needs Assessment to back up initial Council recommendations & make new ones
Identify gaps in services to families & children
Complete a Strategic Plan detailing findings, tasks & outcomes
Bureau of Public Health and Bureau of Early Childhood Services completed a secondary grant for funding local community councils
Local Councils are eligible for up to $100,000 to support infrastructure work in the community
The funds will be primarily used for funding coordinators, administrative support and completing a comprehensive needs assessment.
Know that in the midst of jargon, data, committees and tasks we WILL BRING POSITIVE CHANGE
We carry the work of many visionaries before us. Children, mothers, fathers, and our entire community depend on our focus and on our vision
Be the change you see; & Never lose faith
I will be sending date choices for February