Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

GBGF is Moving Online

Out of an abundance of caution and best practices in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the 8th Annual Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference has moved online. Join maternal, child and adolescent professionals, advocates, support staff, and providers in coming together for this innovative virtual conference to improve the health and well-being of Montanans by increasing the efficacy of maternal, early childhood and youth programs throughout our state.

We are excited to offer the 2020 GBGF Conference in the following online format:

Monday, August 17

Pre-conference Workshops and Stakeholder Meetings (WIC & MIECHV/Healthy Montana Families)

Tuesday, August 18

GBGF Conference LIVE webinar via Zoom (9:00 am-4:45 pm, MDT) featuring Keynote, Joel Weintraub, M.Ed., B.S. a "humorous educator" who has managed to merge the formerly disparate worlds of comedy and education. Additional speaker topics include Culture, Trauma, and Breastfeeding: How it is All Connected; From Judgement to Curiosity: Implicit Bias Awareness Skill Building; and Exhibiting Ethical Decision Making in Public Health and Administration.

View the GBGF Conference Agenda, Speakers & Session Descriptions.

Pre-recorded "Breakout" Sessions

We are excited to offer additional Breakout Session Topics.  These pre-recorded sessions will be posted on Aug. 17 and made available for extended viewing through August 31st.

View the Breakout Session Topics.


Registration for the Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference is now open! Please visit our Registration page for more information.

Target Audience

The content of this conference is meant for:

  • Parent Educators, Liaisons, and Advocates
  • Family Support Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Early Childhood Providers and Educators
  • Head Start Program Staff
  • Social Workers and Professional Counselors
  • WIC Management, Clinical, or Support Staff
  • Health Care Providers (MD, PA, NP, IBCLC, RN, LPN)
  • Students
  • Other service providers working with families, young children or women of reproductive age