Zero to Five is a multi-year strategic initiative focused on building resiliency for Montana’s youngest children. Launched in 2018 with seed funding from the Headwaters Foundation, Zero to Five is a community-led effort made up of local collaboratives and a central program office working together to improve the lives of children and their families.
To start, Headwaters will provide $200,000 community collaborative implementation grants to Flathead, Lewis and Clark, Silver Bow and Missoula counties to launch their zero to five work. Lincoln and Mineral counties will receive planning grants of $50,000 in 2018 to prepare for implementation grants in 2019.
The Zero to Five program office will serve as the go-to resource for local zero to five collaboratives and all key stakeholders working across Montana to improve programs serving children and families. This office brings together the expertise of three organizations: The University of Montana Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; and Childwise Institute.
Each program office partner brings a unique set of knowledge and skills to this work. The Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development at the University of Montana is doing extensive research, data and policy work in the zero to five space. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is a key bridge-builder, involved in a number of coalitions in the state, and brings expertise in the healthy pregnancy space. Childwise Institute has the deep expertise in ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) work, and is a highly respected organization in the state. Together these three organizations can do more than any one of them could do alone.