Winner: Discovery Kidzone Montessori School
NORTHFIELD — Property owners here will see a 7.63 cent increase per $100 of assessed property value on their local tax bill to support the pre-K to eighth grade school district for the upcoming year.
Until recently, no outdoor preschools in the U.S. were licensed, meaning they couldn't offer full-day programs, an important factor for many working families.
This summer is the first that School District 2 has expanded a six-week, half-day kindergarten jumpstart program that aims to demonstrate that when students get extra time in the classroom, good things happen — that moving up the starting line can help close long-standing achievement gaps.
Naquan Williams works a late night shift at a pizzeria that keeps him on the clock until 4 a.m.
Students entering the Montana University System are already behind, with only 33% achieving the required minimum ACT score of 22, according to state data from the 2017–2018 school year.
Many students from lower-income families enter kindergarten without first having taken preschool, effectively starting them behind. Some teachers are trying to mitigate that by providing a half-day preschool-like program in the summertime to prepare those students who might not have the opportunity to attend preschool.
The last of many nails was driven into the coffin of public preschool funding at the Montana legislature Thursday, as two last-ditch proposals were rejected.
An attempt to revive a preschool funding proposal failed Wednesday morning, only one day after opponents of the plan braced for its expected passage.
Though the Montana Legislature cleared several of the major bills of the session off its plate at the end of last week — including Medicaid ex…
Attempts to bridge a divide on public preschool funding are stalled despite a Monday meeting between legislators, education advocates and staffers from Gov. Steve Bullock's office.
With Gov. Steve Bullock's STARS program cut in the Legislature, preschools in the Helena area are preparing for a worst-case scenario.
Children and parents braved gusts of wind Sunday to kick off the 2019 Week of the Young Child, which runs through Friday.
About $46 million in public money has been pumped into the Montana preschool landscape since 2015. With the rejection of a pair of preschool bills at the Montana legislature this week, that spigot appears poised to run dry — leaving programs that added about 1,500 high quality slots grappling with shortfalls.
A publicly funded preschool proposal split Democrats, Republicans and education advocates, but the result remained the same as most preschool votes in recent years. The House Education Committee tabled the bill on a 9-8 vote Wednesday, effectively killing it.
A new proposal at the Montana Legislature would set aside $11 million for a new preschool program beginning in 2020.
Republican legislators are poised to once again ignore Gov. Steve Bullock's budget proposals to fund public preschool.
Gov. Steve Bullock briefly left Helena and his last legislative session to call for greater investment in two areas: preschool and higher education.
On the same day University of Montana President Seth Bodnar issued a written apology to parents after the discovery of asbestos in a UM preschool, the university received tests showing asbestos contamination in a second UM child care facility.
Gov. Steve Bullock has taken a big swings at publicly funded preschool — legislators rejected a $37 million ask in 2015 and $12 million in 2017.
Parents of children who attended the University of Montana preschool in McGill Hall before "unacceptable levels" of asbestos were found criticized officials Thursday about waiting too long to share test results and relocate students.
The University of Montana closed McGill Hall Thursday morning "until further notice" after test results for asbestos showed levels "above cleanup standards" set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the campus.
1st Place: Little Angel Daycare & Preschool
Dueling proposals to fund the state’s public K-12 schools hit the Montana Legislature last week, with Republicans saying their bill will quick…