Yellowstone County Best Beginnings Council

“Improve school readiness outcomes for children ages 0-8 in Yellowstone County”
252-3839 ext 13
The Best Beginnings Council in Billings, MT brings together dedicated partners to coordinate, increase and improve:
  • Access to high quality early childhood programs (education, child care, disabilities)
  • Supports for families with young children (for example: public assistance, family literacy, housing, community resources)
  • Access to medical/dental home and insurance
  • Social, emotional, and mental health needs of young children and families
  • Assess and evaluate: Community
    Assessment will be complete September 30
  • Plan: Planning is the next step
  • Coordinate, collaborate, implement: Ongoing

Second Wed of the Month
9:00—11:00 AM
Location: RiverStone Health

(Leadership and General Council Alternate)

Leadership meets:
Sep 12, Nov 14, Jan 9, Mar 13, May 8

General Council meets:
 Oct 10, Dec 12, Feb 13, Apr 10, Jun 12


BOOST (Billings Out of School Time)

Ensure that all children in Billings have access to affordable, quality, out of school time care.
252-3839 ext 13
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Yellowstone County
Boys and Girls Clubs
of Yellowstone County
CARE Academy
Discover Zone
Friendship House of Christian Service
Upward Bound and Talent Search
Yellowstone County 4-H
  • Assess and evaluate
  • Promote awareness
  • Coordinate training and services

Third Thursday of the Month
9:00—11:00 AM
Sep, TBD, Oct, TBD,  Nov 15, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16

Location: United Way of Yellowstone County

Graduation Matters

State Superintendent of Schools, Denise Juneau awarded  a Challenge Grant from the Office of Public Instruction and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in the amount of $10,000 for Graduation Matters Billings. 

United Way will be one of 29 community-based organizations agreeing to engage with School District 2 and the community to help all students graduate ready to enter postsecondary education or the 21st Century workplace. 

The five founding partners who will help to lead this effort include SD2, the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools, United Way of Yellowstone County, the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce, Montana State University-Billings and Rocky Mountain College. 

“The Challenge Grant will allow us to conduct an intensive exploration of why students dropout of school in Billings” according to Carol Burton, President/CEO of United Way. The funds will also help with promoting the Graduation Matters Billings Initiative and the I Pledge to Graduate events.