Tuesday, April 25

Training: 8:00 AM -11:00 AM

Luncheon: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Community Conversation:  1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

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Hilton Garden Inn 
3720 N. Reserve Street
Missoula, MT 59808

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Anna Semple 
Missoula Forum for Children and Youth 

Join Healthy Start Missoula for the annual State of the Young Child Luncheon and Training! 

Training:  $10 (Scholarships available)
(8:00-11:00 AM, registration begins at 7:30 AM )

Two trainings will be available and will be done simultaneously  Early Childhood Credit will be available. Choose one of the following options:

Introduction to the Community Resiliency Model:  Back by popular demand, Dana Eisenberg, LCSW will teach the basics of the Community Resiliency Model to help service providers, as well as those they work with.

 Recognizing and Responding to Concerning Sexual Behavior in Young Children:  FULL!- If interested in this training, please email anna@missoulaforum.org to be put on a waiting list. MC Jenni, MSW, Care Coordinator at First Step Resource Center will discuss healthy vs. concerning sexual behavior in children ages 3-8, how to constructively respond to the child, and how/when to make a report.

Luncheon:  $20
(11:30 AM-1:00 PM, registration begins at 11:00 AM)

Leaders in health, business, and early childhood are invited to participate in this luncheon highlighting issues that impact young children and families in Missoula. In order for a child to grow up to become a healthy and productive adult, they need to have quality early childcare, education, and healthcare. 

At the luncheon we will be discussing:
  • why investing in early childhood is so important;
  • creative solutions to address childcare scarcity; and
  • how the medical community and childcare/service providers can better connect to support families.
  • Mike Halligan, Executive Director, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
  • Robert Stenger, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
  • Susie Lalich, Human Resources Director, Printing For Less (Company from Livingston, MT with on-site child care)
  • Judith Ehret, Early Learning Center Director, Printing for Less
Discussion: (Free)
(1:15 pm - 2:00 pm)
The luncheon will be followed up with a community conversation about "Supporting Families and Strengthening Your Workforce" sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).