Early Childhood Development

Reading Matters

The purpose of the Reading Matters program is to improve the literacy skills of the children in Yellowstone County and provide better access to quality reading material so children from birth to age six are better prepared for school and life. We have chosen to partner with existing programs that help families to overcome barriers.

Click Here for the Reading Matters Brochure

Community Playgroup

Play is an important need for young children. Community Playgroup offers a variety of age-appropriate activities which promote healthy development. The program is open to all children ages birth to 5 years in Yellowstone County. Facilities are provided by the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department.

Playgroup application, Newsletter and Playgroup Brochure 
For questions contact
Heather Hitt


Born Learning

Parents and caregivers of young children understand that the early years are important, yet many aren’t sure how to encourage early learning, or feel they don’t have time to do what it takes to help their child succeed in school.  Many communities are concerned about children coming to school unprepared, but aren’t coming together to give parents more choices and children more opportunities.

In response, United Way of America is partnering with the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute to create Born Learning, an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.

National website: Born Learning    For questions contact Julie Morris


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