Best Beginnings

Our Vision: 
Strong Families- Thriving Children
Our Mission:
Best Beginnings Yellowstone County strengthens early childhood systems of care to ensure that all children prenatally to kindergarten have the language, health, and social-emotional building blocks necessary for healthy brain construction.
Our Structure:
Best Beginnings has a leadership team and work groups, representing several sectors of early childhood work in our community. We are connected to a network of Best Beginnings coaliations across Montana. 
Membership or Project Information: 
For more information, contact Kristin Lundgren at or (406) 272-8505.

Accomplishments (See Full Accomplishments Report)

  • Vision to increase universal parent access to support.  This is critical to destigmatize the act of getting help, and to increase the number of parents who access help early.
  • The “Parent Connect” referral hub fulfills a Referral Vision.  The vision was to simplify referral to parenting supports and thus increase access.  The “Parent Connect” referral hub connects six home visiting agencies through formal Business Associate agreements and a HIPAA compliant data base. Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare are partnering with the HUB to increase the number of parents in labor & delivery who get connected to parenting support.
  • The Best Foods to Donate to Your Food Drive (Created in partnership with Healthy By Design)
  • Montana 211- Local Resource Guide (Created in partnership with Healthy By Design)
  • Bright By Text (Coming Soon!)  We will be doing this project in partnership with Carbon County and Big Horn County. Contact Kristin Lundgren if you are interested in getting involved.
  • Kindergaten Readiness Tools

         - Pathways to Kindergarten Checklist
         - Pathways to Kindergarten Video