DEAP Child Care Education and Support

For Children, Families, and Child Care Providers in Southeastern Montana

Early Childhood Services Bureau Staff – Community Forum

There is going to be a community forum Monday, September 29, 2014 at Miles Community College Room 106 from 6-8pm with Early Childhood Services Bureau staff. This is not a training, so providers will not be eligible to receive training credits through ECP. This is an opportunity to have an open dialogue with Patty Butler and some of her staff regarding Best Beginnings Scholarship services and programs. If you have any questions, or are not able to attend please contact Angie at the DEAP Child Care Education & Support office at 406-234-6034 or 1-800-224-6034 and I will make sure your questions are sent on to them.

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**NEW** Online application for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship program

As of today, August 1, 2014 you can now apply online for the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship program! Follow the link to find mout more!!

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CPR class

There will be a CPR class offered on Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 PM at the DEAP office. The class is $45 and the certification lasts for 2 years. Please call 406-234-6034 and ask for Kerry Gudmunson to register.

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Jeff Johnson is coming to Glendive!

Jeff Johnson is coming back to our area. This time he will be in Glendive on October 8th from 6:30 – 9:30pm! Join us for 3 hours of fun training as Jeff blends his humor with useful information to help inspire you to continue making a difference in the lives of children. Jeff will teach you about the importance of the four T’s: time, team, task and technique. This session takes a hands-on look at dozens of ide-as for using materials from your home center, grocery story, big box store, dollar store, or re-cycling bin to promote child-directed play, exploration, discovery, and learning. We will also discuss why play is so important in the lives of young children and look into ways to trust kids to lead their own learning through play.
Call Cori at DEAP to register for this event. 406-234-6034 or 800-224-6034

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September Newsletter

CCES Newsletter and Training Calendar
September 2013
We will be changing our newsletter to an email format. We are in the process of calling providers to make sure we have current email address. We hope that this change will allow you to save the email and then have access to it all through the quarter. If we have not contacted you by September 13, please contact Cori at 406-234-6034 or 800-224-6034 or email at to make sure we have your current email and phone number. We will continue to mail out newsletters only to providers who do not have email.
Fall Training Calendar
In this mailing you will only find the training calendar for September. The October—December training calendar will come out in September.
Check us out online at:
Check our site for information on product recalls, news you can use and upcoming events. You can also find scholarship appli-cations and mini-grant applications as well as the latest newsletter and training calendars!

Jeff Johnson will be returning to our area. He will be in Glendive Tuesday, October 8, 2013. More info to come!

September Trainings

9/3/13 6—10 pm Montana Infant/Toddler Caregiver Course $160
9/7/13 9am—12 pm Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting—Sharla Jerrel Glendive DEAP Conference Room $15
9/9/13 7—9 pm Pass The Peaches, Please — Cori Goddard Miles City DEAP Conference Room $10
9/12/13 7—9 pm Curriculum Club—October Richland County Health Dept. $10
9/19/13 7—9 pm Curriculum Club—October Glendive DEAP Conference Room $10
9/26/13 7—9 pm Curriculum Club—October Miles City DEAP Conference Room $10
9/28/13 9am—11am Intro to Pyramid Model Richland County Health Dept. $10
11am – 5pm Pyramid Model Module 1 Richland County Health Dept. $15
9/30/13 1—5 pm New Provider Orientation Glendive DEAP Conference Room FREE

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MT Early Childhood Advocates Training – October 8 & 9, Helena, MT The training is free, but you must pre-register for the training by calling The Nuturing Center at 800-204-0644. National advocates will help us learn more about influencing childhood public policy at the legislature and with the congressional delegation as well as the difference between advocacy and lobbying for nonprofit groups. The training is limited to 60 participants. It will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Inn, 2301 Colonia Drive, Helena MT. Call 406-443-2100 ad ask for group code MONT1007.

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CPR/ 1st aid

There will be a CPR/ 1st aid class held at DEAP in the conference room Sunday, August 18th at 1:30p.m. This certification is good for two years. For questions or to register for the class call Kerry Gudmunson at 234-6034.

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30+ Summer activities for kids

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DEAP Early Interventions on Facebook

DEAP’s Part C Early Intervention Program now has a Facebook account it is a personal account and not a Page which is listed under DEAP Early Intervention. We have liked several pages of information that parents of young children could find informative, parents of multiples, parents of children with behavioral problems, children with cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, foster kids, speech problems, baby sign and some other topics links to which are listed on the DEAP Early Intervention profile. We have liked several books that parents could find helpful on subjects varying from getting baby to sleep, introducing new foods, parenting children with disabilities to fun children’s books to read with your kids. We have posted links to youtube videos on infant massage and swaddling. We will continue to post information that we think could be helpful!

Please share the address with your families it is a public profile, if parents would like to ask questions or leave comments we would be happy to look for information.

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The 9th Annual Directors’ Symposium is Coming!

This years Symposium will be held in Bozeman on Thursday and Friday, September, 19-20. This year participants will be treated to the 2-day Strangths-Based Coaching training from the Francis Institute. Here is the description from their website:

“This training provides a systematic process for gathering information, setting goals, supporting implementation of goals, and reviewing progress toward goals. Specific skills and tasks at each stage in this process guide supervisors and staff toward quality imporovement. Participants leave our training excited to begin creating a coaching culture with staff. Research shows that follow-up coaching dramatically increases the likelihood that new information will actually be use on the job.”

This is an interacite and powerful training. Be watching for registration information in early July, it fills up fast and they operate on a first come, first serve basis. Please note: New this year….you MUST be current on the Practitioner Registry in order to register, so be sure to stay current or apply now! The deadline for registration will be August 19. ECP is pleased to be able to continue to offer a $100.00 stipend for each program that attends the full symplium, to help offset your costs.

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