At-risk children who participate in high-quality early education are: 75% more likely to finish high school, 60% less likely to become a teen parent, 50% less likely to be placed in special education, and 40% more likely to attend college.

early_childhood_helenaEarly Education & Kindergarten Readiness

Many people wonder what school readiness is. Ready for school means that kids start kindergarten with the knowledge, skills, and physical and emotional health needed to successfully participate. All kids develop at different paces. Their early years really count! Make sure you are doing all you can to help them be ready to learn and to thrive.


Head Start

Head Start provides early education to income-eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and offers health, nutrition, parent engagement, and family social services.

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Helena Public Schools

Find your neighborhood school, learn how to register your child, and more.

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East Helena Public Schools

Find your school, learn how to register your child, and more.

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Lewis and Clark Library

Our library loves kids. Check out their programs and help your little ones learn to love reading.

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Exploration Works

Check out their camps and classes, robotics, Early Explorers, TinkerLabs and Adult Programs to immerse yourself, your family and your friends in our endlessly fascinating world.

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Family Outreach

Family Outreach provides home based family centered education and support services who have developmental delays or disabilities.  The focus of our program is to teach families and other caregivers how to teach skills to children and coordinate community resources and service to meet individual’s needs.  Educational services are provided based on a combination of family identified priorities and child’s needs.  These services are designed around established family routines and activities.  Participation in our program is voluntary and for the majority of programs the services are provided at no cost to families.

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Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Become a parent-whiz at social and emotional development. How does social/emotional health affect school readiness? Teachers say that social-emotional skills are key to school readiness. Many say they are even more important than “the ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s.”

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National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) – Montana Chapter

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, from birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. The association supports all who work on behalf of young children.

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Early Childhood News

A great online resource for teachers and Parents of young children. Find featured content and review article archives, keep your curriculum fresh and exciting, and stay in touch with the latest topics in early childhood education. Visit resource

Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth

Ways to help your child learn in the early years. Visit resource

Kindergarten Readiness Tips

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Talking Is Teaching

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Too Small to Fail

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Zero to Three

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