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Jan 7, 2020

Tester Kicks Off the New Year with Big Win for Missoula Kids

Senator announces nearly $1.5 million for Missoula Area Head Start

As part of his continued effort to help Montana kids succeed, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced a $1,489,270 grant for Child Start, Inc., a Missoula-area Head Start program. This funding comes on the heels of Tester’s successful push to secure more than $10 billion in funding for Head Start programs across the country last month, an increase of more than $550 million over the previous year.

“In order to be successful, our kids need access to a quality education,” said Tester. “Head Start helps our youngest students build a strong foundation for learning, and this grant will provide Missoula kids with the resources they need to arrive at school prepared and ready to learn and thrive.”

Funding for this grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start provides educational enrichment to low-income children between three and five years-old.

As a former elementary school teacher and school board member, Tester has been a longtime champion for Head Start programs in Montana. As a senior member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, he secured $10.6 billion in funding for Head Start programs nationwide in last month’s budget negotiations. He also recently secured more than $1 million for the Havre Head Start program.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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