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Montana health department consolidates early childhood programs

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 20:11:12-05

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced on Friday the creation of a new Early Childhood and Family Support Division (ECFSD).

The new division will consolidate several programs within DPHHS with the goal of improving collaboration while aligning funding, priorities and practices.

Child care licensing, early childhood services, early intervention services for young children with developmental delay, child nutrition programs, home visiting and child, adolescent, and family health programs will all be under ECFSD.

Jamie Palagi will lead the new division after serving as the DPHHS Human and Community Services Division Administrator for the past eight years.

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