Children & Families

Early Learning

Childcare Center and Preschool

Parenting Support

Home Visitation and Parenting Education

Childcare/Preschool
CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN AGED 0-2

Based in our main facility is a licensed childcare center that provides services to both families residing in Florence Crittenton’s residential programs and the Helena community. Our center offers the highest level of nurturing care for infants and toddlers aged 0-2. Our team of early childhood experts provide a developmentally appropriate and rich environment to stimulate and nurture growth and development across all areas.

The Child Enrichment Center is a part of the STARS to Quality program- a continuous quality improvement program for early childhood education in Montana.

PRESCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-4

Florence Crittenton’s Preschool is a licensed early intervention program that serves children ages 2 and 3. Our program offers children and families a playful, interesting, and rewarding first school experience.

Children learn best in a setting that includes children of all abilities and backgrounds. We believe that it is never too soon to begin receiving the highest quality educational opportunities.

We understand the importance of nurturing your child’s strengths and talents, while offering an increasingly challenging academic and social emotional program that fits the unique needs of your child. Our goal is to prepare your young person for the next educational step both academically and developmentally.

If you have any questions about Florence Crittenton’s Childcare Center or Preschool, would like to set up a tour or discuss the enrollment process, please feel free to contact Andrea Holmes our Director at 442-6950 x217 or email at [email protected].

Home Visiting

Florence Crittenton is part of the Partnerships for Home Visiting to offer free family support through home visiting programs. The mission is to provide information, support, skills and encouragement to strengthen families during the crucial early years of life.

Florence Crittenton provides in-home services through two evidence-based home visiting models, Parents As Teachers® and SafeCare. Home visits can serve pregnant women and families with children through age 5. Families work with a home visitor around topics such as bonding and attachment, positive parenting skills, safety, child development, and overall wellness.

Support includes:

  • What to expect during pregnancy
  • Tools and gear to childproof your home
  • Free child-development screenings
  • How to cope with tantrums
  • Fun games and activities to do at home
  • Information on community events and resources for families and kids
  • What to do when kids get sick and when to go to the doctor

Visits take place every other week in the most comfortable setting: the family home, Florence Crittenton’s Outreach Center, or other agreed upon location.

For more information on Home Visitation, contact Jen Burckhard at 406.442.6950 or email [email protected]

Parenting Classes

Florence Crittenton provides evidence based parenting classes to Riverside Women’s Correctional Facility. We also provide both prenatal and parenting education to our residential clients as well as young parents using our outpatient services. Our curricula are specifically designed for young parents and are delivered in a trauma responsive, nurturing environment.

For more information on Florence Crittenton’s Parenting Education, please contact Andrea Holmes at 406.442.6950 x or email andr [email protected]

Early Intervention Specialists

Florence Crittenton provides easy access to community service providers in the areas of Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. We believe in utilizing program supports and interventions as early as possible so as to improve outcomes for children.

Assessments

Every parent and child entering our programs receives a comprehensive assessment using a variety of evaluation tools. This information helps our clinical team tailor an individual treatment plan to meet each family member’s needs. Our goal is to assist every parent and every child in meeting social emotional and physical determinants of health and wellness.

Receive quarterly updates and learn all about the lives changed by Florence Crittenton