Contact Us

Department of Public Health and Human Services
Early Childhood and Family Support Division
Early Childhood Services Bureau

PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59601

Early Childhood Services Bureau:
Child Care Unit: (866) 239-0458
CACFP: (888) 307-9333
Main line: 444-1958


ECSB Staff Contacts

Patty ButlerECSB Bureau Chief
Brooke Pickett | CACFP Program Manager
Jody Lehman | CCDF Program Manager
Sally Tilleman | Early Learning and School Readiness Program Manager
Penny Job | Child Care Licensing Program Manager
Rhonda Schwenke | Child Care Licensing Program Manager

Sam GaretsonCCDF Special Projects Coordinator

STARS to Quality Staff

The 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.

Shandi Hayes | Program Specialist
Marjorie Vegoren | Program Specialist
Jill Christensen | Early Education and Coaching Specialist

Child and Adult Care Food Program Staff

The CACFP supports child care businesses by providing assistance with child nutrition, food service management, and reimbursement for meals served.

Janene Shepherd Program Specialist
Kelly Little | Program Specialist
Pam Barragato | Program Specialist

Child Care Licensing Staff

The role of the Child Care Licensing Program is to regulate and monitor child care facilities. Additionally, the Program establishes guidelines for the health, safety and well-being of the children in these facilities. Surveys are conducted annually and all complaints are investigated.

List of Child Care Licensing Staff

Child Care Policy Unit Staff

Madison Diederichs | Child Care Health Care Specialist
Allison Drake | Best Beginnings Specialist
Chauntel Lucier | Best Beginnings Specialist

Montana Head Start Collaboration Office Staff

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.

Kathy Rich | Montana Head Start Collaboration Director