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Sep 21, 2021

Tester Secures More than $1.6 Million for Early Head Start in Butte

Funding will provide child care resources and access to early childhood education for young families

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $1,654,648 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds for AWARE, Inc. to continue providing Head Start early education opportunities and child care services in Butte.

“For years, Head Start has provided critical services across the Treasure State that guarantee our kids are supported from the get-go,” Tester said. “These funds will ensure hard-working parents have access to quality, affordable child care and give the next generation of Butte students the tools they need to succeed.”

The funding comes from the Administration for Children and Families, which oversees Head Start programs across Montana. AWARE Early Head Start provides pregnant women and young families with children through the age of three with child care, mental health and disability services. In 2020, AWARE Head Start programs served over 230 families in Butte-Silver Bow, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Yellowstone and Jefferson counties.

As a former elementary school teacher and school board member, and as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester has been a longtime champion for Head Start programs in Montana. Earlier this year, he secured more than $5.3 million in American Rescue Plan grant funding to support Head Start Programs across the state.

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.

Billings

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

Bozeman

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

Butte

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

Helena

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

Kalispell

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

Missoula

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

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