Montana Advocates for Children

Mission Statement

The mission of Montana Advocates for Children (MAC) is to cultivate a strong and capable workforce for Montana’s future by investing in early childhood development resulting in capable, healthy, productive, and valuable citizens that will care for Montana for generations to come. Additionally, to elicit public support for early childhood development which will reduce future cost burdens to taxpayers.

2021 MAC Legislative Priorites

MAC works with Nanette Gilbertson of Smith & McGowan. The current fiscal agent and coordinator is Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – The Montana Coalition. The group determines state policy priorities by consensus and meets in person before and after each session.  Other meetings are convened virtually each month leading up to and during the Legislative session.  MAC has a distribution list to facilitate communication.  Member groups are charged with mobilizing early childhood advocates, including early childhood teachers, child care providers and owners and parents.

To learn more about MAC contact Nanette Gilbertson at

MAC Member Organizations

The Montana Child Care Association

Montana Child Care Association is a professional membership organization of child care providers, many of whom own home-based child care businesses.

The Montana Association for the Education of Young Children

Montana Association for the Education of Young Children (MTAEYC) is a growing membership organization of professionals that advocates for the early childhood workforce, quality care and education for young children and families, and provides leadership and professional development opportunities for the early care and education community.

The Montana Head Start Association

Montana Head Start Association is a professional membership organization that brings together families, staff, directors and friends of all Head Starts to provide leadership, education, information and advocacy on behalf of young children, pregnant women, and families throughout Montana.

The Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network

Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCR&R) consists of seven community-based agencies statewide. The Montana CCR&R Network works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care for all Montana families.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: The Montana Coalition

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) works to improve the health, safety and well-being of Montana families by supporting mothers and babies, age zero to three. (Joined 2018)


Montana KIDS COUNT is a leading resource for data on child and family well-being in the state. Montana KIDS COUNT makes this information available to child advocates, policy makers, and Montana citizens to encourage informed and responsible decision-making to improve the lives of children. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Montana Budget & Policy Center. (Joined 2019)