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0-5 program provides services to low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth to five.

We have a policy on recruitment, selection, enrollment, income guidelines and transition. We serve 60 children and 15 prenatal for 0-3, for 3-5 total enrollment is 290.

Eligibility, priority, criteria for the 0-5 enrollment of children:

Assistance/Welfare AFDC Low Income Families.

Child with Disabilities, Low Income Families.

Single parents (mother, father), Low Income Families.

Foster Family, Low Income Families.

0-5 Community Partnership

Serves families within the context of the community and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families.

Collaborates with partners in their communities in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families.

Michele Michell, FCP Manager 0-5
Wendy Bull Child, PI Supervisor 3-5
Christy Horn, SS Supervisor 3-5
Connie Hipp, PI Supervisor 0-3
Renee Tatsey, SS Supervisor 0-3
Joyce Griffin, SS Assistant 0-3
Elaine Sure Chief, Family Advocate
Judy White, Family Advocate
Darlene Wippert, Family Advocate
Georgia Rutherford, Family Advocate
Meri Lame Bear, Family Advocate
Elaine Spotted Eagle, Family Advocate
Irene No Runner, Family Advocate
Elaine Wippert, Family Advocate

0-5 Family Partnership

Offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests. We support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures.

The Rocky Mountain Front bordering the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana.

Volunteers & Inkind Store

The Inkind Store was created to provide an incentive to parents who volunteer. The store opens twice a year for parents to come in and shop with their volunteer hours. Items such as soap, shampoo, brooms, mops, diapers, toys, clothes could be available.

Volunteers may fill many functions in the program, including serving as the third person in the classroom, assisting in meal preparation, health education, typing, assisting with the budget, curriculum development or long range planning activities.

Volunteers will be screened for TB; respiratory infections; skin infection; or other types of communicable diseases. Volunteers may be professional or non-professional, parents, local residents and members of the community.

Sunset in the Rocky Mountains bordering Blackfeet Country in northwestern Montana.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Child abuse is a growing problem. Each year hundreds of thousands of children are abused. The early childhood center works with more than 300 children under the age of 5, early recognition of abuse and neglect can result in intervention. Reporting suspected abuse is a critical step in protecting children and in stopping abuse. The regulation clearly requires reporting of suspected cases of abuse. Do not wait for proof, it is an employee’s obligation. Confidentiality: all records pertaining to child abuse and neglect must be kept confidential and made available only to authorized personnel.

Key To Success

Establish Individualized Family Partnership Agreement to support enrolled families in achieving family goals.

Families given opportunities to become involved in child’s education.

Families involved in meaningful home visits.

Families community advocacy support.

Work collaboratively with families to identify services and rescues.

Families involved in child’s health, nutritional and mental health education.

Advisory Committees to enhance service area.

Family literacy services.

Share information among agencies to improve services to families.

Services to pregnant women.
Strengths/needs assessment of each family.

Transition activities for children entering and leaving head start.

Plan of action to obtain 85% average daily attendance.

Blackfeet Early Childhood Center in Browning, Montana