The Early Childhood Education Department at Dawson Community College has received a Best Beginnings Community Councils grant from the Early Childhood Services Bureau at the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The grant for $34,000 (renewable for a second year) was awarded to Brenda Stockert, Director of the DCC Early Childhood Education Department. It will be used to address services and needs related to school readiness issues and challenges in eastern Montana.
Each city will pull together a number of other community members and agencies to form a board. These boards will then work together to provide services for families with young children. They will continue to coordinate and plan many of the activities that School Readiness Teams have used in the past. The Eastern Montana Community Councils-3 goals will include these objectives:
Mrs. Stockert said, "We're very excited to receive this funding for eastern Montana, so we can provide more services for the youngest members of our communities.
DCC will coordinate with community partners in Glendive, as well as with a Community Council in Sidney and one in Miles City. Stockert is the director of the Community Councils-3 and Rosanne Bos will be the coordinator. The board chair for Miles City is Gail Harden at DEAP-CCES. In Sidney the board chair is Nicole Hackley at the District II Alcohol and Drug Program. Additional information is available from any of these sources.