Early Childhood Education
Billings Public Schools offers many resources for early child development. Whether it be preschool, or services provided to families in need, each of these programs caters to many different needs for our community. Explore the options below to find the program that will best suite your child's needs.
Phone: (406) 281-5885
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a state-funded agency that provides services to families who have infants and toddlers with developmental delays. The state of Montana has contracted with ECI for 35 years to provide these home-based services for qualifying children from birth to 36 months of age.
Part C federal and state funds are used exclusively to support all ECI functions, no general funds are used from the Billings Public Schools budget. However there is a close relationship between ECI and Billings Public Schools in communication and in providing a seamless transition for children who qualify for special education services at age 3. In addition the Billings Public Schools has received thousands of "graduates" from ECI, children who perform stronger in school and life due to the intensive early intervention provide at a young age. For more information about ECI please go to: www.ecibillings.org
3723 Central Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
The Career Center Early Childhood Education's mission is to establish a safe and healthy learning environment appreciating early childhood as a unique and valuable stage of development. The environment will provide young children with the means to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively with emphasis on building self-reliance skills.
The Career Center Early Childhood Education's preschool will provide an environment for the preschool children conducive to becoming a life long learner. Through positive guidance, all children will find themselves successful and accepted as individuals that learn collaboratively in a community. This preschool will be committed to appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family, recognizing that children are the best understood in the context of family, culture, and society.
Your child must be 3 to 5 years of age and must be toilet trained to attend our preschool.
Our special education program for preschool age children provides early intervention for children with disabilities and assists in the development of skills necessary for future success and independence. The district's curriculum for preschool age children with special needs emphases developmentally appropriate practices and individualized and group instruction utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. The program's focus is to providing for each child's educational needs by collaborating with families and developing community partnerships. We provide a continuum of services to promote less restrictive placements for our preschool children as they enter school aged programs.
Eligible children can receive preschool special education services beginning on their third birthday and may stay until they enter into a Kindergarten or full-day school aged program.