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Zero to Five helps caring Montanans make a lasting difference through local and statewide work, giving children a great start in life and a promising future. Through community partnerships, advocacy, and research, Zero to Five works to improve systems and give families the tools they need, from pregnancy all the way to their child’s first day of school, and beyond. For more information on the Zero to Five Initiative, visit the Zero to Five website.

The Center's Role in Zero to Five

The Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development is contracted by the Zero to Five Initiative to provide extensive research, data, and policy work around three focus areas: healthy pregnancies, resilient parenting, and school readiness. 

Community Snapshots

Using reliable data sources, the Center identifies indicators to guide data-based decision making for communities, collaboratives, and across the state.

Data Visualization

Zero to Five identified a set of indicators to monitor the health and well-being of children and families in Montana over time. The Center developed and maintains the Zero to Five Data Dashboard as an interactive resource to explore the factors which impact early childhood and family health.

Zero to Five Core Indicators

Federal and state funding for early childhood programs is complex. This visualization describes where funding originates and what state and/or local organization disburses funds.

Early Childhood Fund Mapping

Project Report and Technical Assistance

The Center provides technical assistance with project planning, implementation, data collection and report writing, from survey development and analysis, to needs assessments, to final reports.

COVID 19 Family Impact Survey: During spring 2020, Zero to Five Montana surveyed families across the state to gather information on their early experiences during the pandemic. Results were analyzed and compiled into report form.

Lincoln County Early Childhood and Family Needs Assessment: Primary and secondary data was analyzed to better understand the unique needs of children and families in Lincoln County. Results were compiled into a final report.

Lewis and Clark County Family Survey Report: A local collaborative surveyed families in order to best understand needs and strengths in the county. Responses were analyzed and compiled into a final report.

Hopes for the Future: Lincoln County: A convening of early childhood partners answered the question, “What would you like to see for families with children 0-5?” These results were analyzed for themes and shared in a graphic one-pager.

Social Network Analysis Study

The Center partnered with local Zero to Five Collaboratives to conduct a social network analysis (SNA) study in the fall of 2020.

Research Briefs

The Center prepares research briefs to support the Zero to Five initiative and early childhood efforts at the local and statewide level. 

Asset-Based Community Development

This brief provides information on what is asset-based community development, the guiding principles, the identifying assets, ABCD in action and cases studies as examples.

Census 2020

This brief covers what is the US census and why it is needed, with special attention to Montana.

Child Care Shared Services Model

An overview of the Shared Services model in early care and education, its benefits, best practices, and sample case studies.

Community Supported Breastfeeding

This brief outlines the current data, barriers, and possible community solutions to make breastfeeding a more attainable goal for all women.

Home Visiting

This brief covers the different home visiting models, universal home visiting, target home visiting, and the implication for Montana families with the Healthy Montana Families Program.

Investment in Early Education

This brief identifies verified outcomes on participants and the return on investment experienced by states who implement early childhood programs.

Learning Landscapes

This brief outlines creating learning environments in everyday shared spaces including some examples.

Montana's Child Care Crisis:

An overview of barriers and solutions for providing high-quality, affordable child care.

Paid Family Leave

This brief covers what is paid family leave, why we need it, and why it is important to Montanans.

Play and Learn Groups for Family Support

This brief discusses play and learn groups broad aim and best practices, while also providing some case studies showing their outcomes.

Policy Briefs

The Center prepares policy briefs to support the Zero to Five initiative and early childhood efforts at the local and statewide level.

Business of Breastfeeding

This brief provides an overview of the health benefits of breastfeeding, current outcomes, and the important investment organizations can make to support breastfeeding and the lifelong health of mothers and children.

Child Care Shared Services

Child Care Shared Services Policy Brief: An overview of the Shared Services model in early care and education, case studies, and policy recommendations. 

Family Friendly Business Practices

This brief outlines what is family friendly business practices, employer solutions, and best practices.

Financial Assistance to Ease Child Care Cost Burden

This brief goes over why financial assistance is necessary, how to help, best practices and some case studies.

Improving Access to Care - Partnering with Employees

This brief discusses the why and how to improving access to care including best practice tips.

Paid Family Leave

This brief covers how paid family leave works, policy strategies, case studies, and what it means in Montana.

Evidence-Based Program Inventories

The Center has reviewed programs in each of the Zero to Five focus areas and compiled an evidence-based program inventory for healthy pregnancies, resilient parenting, and school readiness.

Access to health pregnancies evidence-based program inventory
Access to evidence-based program inventory on school readiness


For more information on the Zero to Five initiative contact Ashley Hilliard or visit the Zero to Five website.