Tester Secures More Than $2 Million for Northwest Montana Head Start in Kalispell

Funding will provide critical resources for young families, promote early childhood development

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Northwest Montana Head Start in Kalispell will receive $2,040,139 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding to continue providing Head Start early education opportunities and child care services for families in the Flathead Valley.

“Building Montana’s future starts with supporting our kids from the ground up, and that’s exactly what Head Start has been doing in Northwest Montana for years,” said Tester. “These resources will help ensure that kids and families have the tools they need to succeed and thrive right from the start.”

The funding comes from the Administration for Children and Families, which oversees Head Start programs across Montana. The Northwest Montana Head Start program offers preschool and infant care options for parents who need daycare for their children, information and education resources for young families, and school readiness to make sure Montana kids are prepared for kindergarten.

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. He recently secured more than $5 million for the Great Falls area Head Start, more than $1 million for Rocky Boy Schools’ Head Start program, and more than $1.6 million for the Bozeman Head Start Program.