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Early Childhood

Building the resiliency of Montana’s youngest children and their families.

Little girls looking outside window

We look to remove barriers for parents caring for young children.

A child’s first years are critical to their development and long-term health. Parents and caregivers want their kids to flourish, but many face obstacles (such as housing and food insecurity, stagnant wages) that can negatively impact a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Addressing these barriers to health can help Western Montana’s next generation become healthier today and better equipped for tomorrow.

A healthy start for Montana kids

To help ensure that Montana kids have a healthy start in life, Headwaters Foundation invests in building the strength and resiliency of families and children by addressing the social and economic conditions which keep children from being healthy. We do this by partnering with organizations and existing coalitions that are:

Working to advance opportunities for children 0 to 5 by going beyond service delivery to address systemic barriers to health.
Engaging, seeking direction from and mobilizing the people most affected by the goals of the project or collaboration.
Convening partners from different sectors, such as nonprofits, education, health care, business, faith groups, childcare and/or government.
Involving leaders like executive directors, CEOs, school superintendents and elected officials.
Participating in policy development such as by talking to lawmakers or advocating for funding.

For information on how to apply, visit our Grant FAQ page.