We oversee the Best Beginnings Scholarship Program, which provides child care assistance dollars to families. We provide child care referrals to families looking for a child care facility.
We assist individuals interested in becoming child care providers as they go through the application process. We provide training, resources, and technical assistance to existing child care providers and other early childhood professionals.
STARS TO QUALITY
The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program (STARS) is a quality rating improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals.
CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program)
Butte 4-C’s contracts with the State of Montana to provide reimbursement to child care providers who serve nutritious meals and snacks to the children in their care. The CACFP is available to all registered and licensed child care providers. The CACFP also provides nutrition education to children, families, and child care providers. Please contact the Butte 4-C’s for more information or to become a CACFP provider.
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IN-HOME SERVICES/SUPERVISED VISITATION
Butte 4-C’s contracts with the State of Montana to provide supervised visitation and in-home services to families who have had their children removed or are at risk of having their children removed. We receive a referral for services from the Child Protection Specialist at the Department of Family Services in the Butte office. We then contact the parents to set up an intake appointment and schedule visits based on the schedules of the parent, foster parent, child, and Family Development Specialist. There is no cost for these visits as they are covered by the contract.
BUTTE COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Butte Community Council is Butte’s early childhood coalition. It began in 2011 and has grown to include over 40 members who work with young children in a variety of capacities.
Visit us at our website to learn more
CIRCLE OF PARENTS
The Circle of Parents group provides a place for parents who have children with disabilities and/or mental health issues to come and share common experiences, successes, and challenges through a monthly group meeting co-led by parents and professionals.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at:
Butte 4-C's at 6:30 pm,
101 North Main St. Butte
Dinner and child care are provided for free
Contact Heather at 406-723-4019 or
SAFECARE HOME VISITING
SafeCare is an evidence based program that provides information and resources to families with children age 0-5 in the areas of health, safety, parent/child interaction, communication, and problem solving. Helpful items such as a first aid kit, digital thermometer, safety locks and a children’s health manual are provided to each family in this program. Families spend one-on-one time with a SafeCare professional each week for approximately four to six months. SafeCare is available in most of Southwest Montana. Both professionals and parents may submit a referral for this program. Click the link to access the referral form: referral form.
CIRCLE OF SECURITY
At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.
Duration of Class: This is an 8-week course
Who should attend: Parents/Caregivers of children 4 months-5 years old
How to register: Call Sonja at (406) 723-4019 or email at
We provide professional supervised visitation services for families dealing with child custody issues or court ordered visitation. Parents complete an intake appointment with a Family Development Specialist to provide information about their family. Each parent has their own intake appointment. Supervised visits are set up to accommodate the parents, children, and the Family Development Specialist. Intake appointments are approximately one hour with a $25 fee per parent. Supervised visits are generally one hour per week with a $35 fee per hour. Contact us for more information.
POSITIVE PARENTING (PARENTING CLASSES)
We receive funding from United Way to offer free parenting classes to anyone in our community. Each session runs for six weeks. Participation certificates and completion certificates are awarded to those who complete the classes. To register for the next session please call the Butte 4-C’s at 723-4019.
ZERO TO FIVE BUTTE-SILVER
Zero to Five Butte-Silver Bow Collaborative is focused on bringing a diverse and inclusive set of community members together to find system-focused solutions for children and families in our county. The Collaborative focuses on improving systems for parenting young children; enhancing, supporting and connecting resources already in place. Visit us at our Website: www.zerotofive.org/butte