Zero to Five Montana is improving early education by helping to protect the languages of the state’s 12 Native American tribes. It’s an effort to enrich children, support early educators, and draw on the experience and expertise of the larger community. Young children experience a better understanding of their own cultural identity when they can learn their tribal language, and this cultural knowledge helps heal some aspects of generational trauma that many indigenous families live with.
Our lead ally in Montana, Zero to Five, is focused on improving access to quality early care and education, forging business partnerships to support working families, building cross-sector collaborations to better understand economic impacts and business needs, fostering community engagement, and promoting efforts and policies that support families. Their promise is to stabilize, innovate, and build the early childhood system so Montana families and communities can thrive.