Department of Public Health and Human Services - Early Childhood Services Bureau
111 N. Jackson
Arcade Building, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 202925
Helena, MT 59620-2925
Early Childhood Services Bureau: (406) 444-1788
Child Care Unit: (866) 239-0458
CACFP: (888) 307-9333
The Mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of early care and education in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families.
Early Childhood Services Bureau Program Highlights: Week of the Young Child 2017
Staff Contact Information
Patty Butler, ECSB Bureau Chief
Jason Harlow, Budget Analyst
Vacant, Office Support Specialist
Best Beginnings STARS to Quality
The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Program is a voluntary quality rating improvement system that aligns quality indicators with support and incentives for early childhood programs and early childhood professionals.
Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Staff
Leslie Lee, Child Care Quality Program Manager
Rhonda Schwenke, Best Beginnings Lead Specialist
Sarah Adams, Best Beginnings Specialist
Child and Adult Care Food Program
The CACFP supports child care businesses by providing assistance with child nutrition, food service management, and reimbursement for meals served.
Child and Adult Care Food Program Staff
Leslie Lee, Program Manager
Vicki Anfinson, Program Specialist
Brooke Pickett, Program Specialist
Child Care Policy Unit
Child Care Policy Unit Staff
Allison Drake, Compliance Reviewer
Chauntel Lucier, Child Care Resource & Referral Program Specialist
Melody Olson, Management Analyst
Montana Head Start Collaboration Office
The Head Start Collaboration Office facilitates collaboration among Head Start agencies (including Early Head Start agencies) and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low income children from birth to school entry, and their families.
Montana Head Start Collaboration Office Staff
Kathy Rich, Montana Head Start Collaboration Director
Montana Preschool Development Grant
The purpose of the Montana Preschool Development Grant is to build, develop, and expand high-quality preschool programs so that more children from low-and moderate-income families enter ready to succeed in kindergarten and in life. This grant is supported in partnership between MT Department of Public Health and Human Services and the MT Office of Public Instruction.
Montana Preschool Development Grant Staff
Sally Tilleman, Preschool Development Grant Coordinator
Sandy Cade, Regional Specialist
Deborah Richert, Regional Specialist
Markell Chandler, Regional Specialist
Sara Loewen, Regional Specialist
Brandi Loch, Regional Specialist
MT Project LAUNCH
The purpose of Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.
MT Project LAUNCH Staff
Miranda Briggs, LAUNCH Young Child Wellness Expert (YCWE)
Theresa Lee, LAUNCH Young Child Wellness Partner (YCWP)