Family Connections Inc

We believe every child deserves a successful future!

aka Family Connections   |   Great Falls, MT   |  https://familyconnectionsmt.org/

Mission

Mission: Family Connections utilizes the strength of community to support exceptional early childhood experiences. Vision: We believe every child deserves a successful future!

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Kim Stull

Main address

202 2nd Ave S Ste 201

Great Falls, MT 59405 USA

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Formerly known as

Child Care Solutions

EIN

81-0438469

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families need access to affordable, high quality, early care and education programs so they can work to support their families; and their children have the skills and knowledge to be successful in school and life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child Care Scholarships

Financial assistance to help pay for child care for qualifying families based on income and family size.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Free custom child care referrals to all families regardless of income.

Population(s) Served
Families

Training, coaching, mentoring and financial incentives to early care and education professionals.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

School Readiness information and resources to the community.

Population(s) Served
Families

Basic necessities to low income families: diapers, formula, clothing, car seats, books, etc.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is for all families to have the opportunity to work and/or attend school to gain the skills and experiences to support their family. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to be in a caring, high-quality early care and education program to reach their full potential. We train, mentor, and coach early care and education professionals so they can offer high quality programs to the children they serve.

We offer free custom referrals and consumer education materials to all families searching for early care and education regardless of income. We offer financial assistance for early care and education to qualifying families based on income and family size. We offer training, mentoring, coaching, and financial incentives to early care and education professionals to continually improve their ability to provide a healthy, safe, and enriching environment for children. We offer resources and information to families in our community to support their children's development and school readiness. We offer basic resources to low income families such as diapers, formula, children's clothing, car seats, strollers, books, etc.

We are funded through many grants including the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services Bureau, The United Way of Cascade County, North Western Energy; and individual donations. Our staff and board are a highly educated group of passionate professionals committed to our mission of serving children and families for the benefit of our community. We are continually seeking innovative ideas for meeting the diverse needs of those we serve.

We helped over 1500 families in 2016 with financial assistance so they could work or attend school to support their family; and their children could be in a healthy, safe, enriching environment. We helped over 2000 families find and choose a quality early care and education program for their children. We offered over 1500 hours of professional development courses and coaching to child care providers to increase the quality of their programs. We helped 38 new providers with assistance to start a successful quality program. Our Ready Families Ready Learners program offered our second annual Free Preschool Expo to families with resources to help prepare preschool children for kindergarten. We are continually seeking innovative ideas to serve our community and partnering with other organizations. We are part of a collective impact model with nine other nonprofits to help families on the path to prosperity to transition to self sufficiency. We partner with Child Care Aware of America and the US Air Force to offer respite care to military families with a child with special needs. We offer Adverse Childhood Experiences trauma and resiliency building training to programs working with vulnerable children and families. We provide child care assistance to over 200 children in foster care with child protective services. We started an new Ready Resources program to provide essentials like diapers and formula to low income families. We are working with our early childhood coalition to offer resource kits to families in our homeless shelter to boost brain development in young children. We are continually seeking new funding to expand our services.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Family Connections Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mark Bruskotter

D.A. Davidson

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Chayleen Pearson

Colonial Life

Term: 2019 -

Amy Byrd

Pacific Steele

Jake Strissel

Bullhook Community Health Center

Colette Getten

Great Falls Public Schools

Tom Donnelly

First Interstate Bank

Jenna Wright

Great Falls Job Service

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data