The period of life from birth to age five is a unique and critical time.
The experiences young children have in these earliest years impact brain development and influence their future in a surprising array of areas, from future earning to physical and mental health, from graduation and academic achievement to healthy relationships and social-emotional well-being.
Zero to Five Missoula is creating a community-wide movement to make sure every resident of Missoula County understands the importance of this critical period of life, and to connect parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to help children thrive.
To reach these goals, we:
- Build connections between organizations serving young children and families
- Use data and knowledge about young children and families to make better decisions about our programs and services
- Involve parents and caregivers in decision making at every level
- Develop innovative solutions that remove barriers to change within our systems
These Working Groups are currently investigating and adressing specific areas that impact young children and families.
- Access to High Quality Child Care
- Kindergarten Transition
- Supports for Famiies
- Parent/caregiver Engagement
- Data and knowledge sharing
Working Groups are made up of community partners from a wide range of organizations and sectors, and include parents and caregivers.
Connect with us!
Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about Zero to Five Missoula are warmly invited to connect with us in the following ways:
- join our mailing list, and check out our past email newsletters (we usually send one out each month)
- contact our Local Collaboration Coordinator, Grace Decker
- come to a Zero to Five Missoula meeting
- come to a Working Group meeting
- Request a presentation about Zero to Five at your community, professional or service organization or at your business
Zero to Five is a regional initiative with local collaborations based in each of the 15 counties of western Montana. Learn more about the regional strategy.
Headwaters Foundation has provided funding for our local collaboration and the regional initiative. Learn more about Headwaters Foundation.