Executive Director
Jane Arntzen Schumacher
Office Manager
Gaby Loeza
Family Services Coordinator, Eligibility Specialist
Kami Ryles
Provider Services, Bozeman Professional Development Coordinator
Tori Sproles
Provider Services, Helena Professional Development Coordinator
Brandi Thomas
Professional Development Specialist New Provider Supports CACFP Coordinator
Tammy Christofferson
Provider Support Specialist for Project LAUNCH/ Pyramid Model Coach-Bozeman
Kristin Horn
Pyramid Model Coach-Bozeman
Sara Silva
Pyramid Model Coach- Helena
Ashley Schools McKee
Eligibility Specialist
Taylor Boylan
Eligibility Specialst
Eileen Flynn
Eligibility Specialist
Fonda Porterfield
Referral Intake Specialist
Lakyn Smith
Pyramid Model Coach- Helena
Ashley Callison
CACFP Monitori-Helena
Britta Larson
Administrative Assistant
Kristy Farriester


Board President
Heather Grenier
Board Treasurer
Kimberly Wertz

Sandy Osborne, PhD, CFLE

Amber Traxinger

Child Care Connections is the only child care resource and referral agency in Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Broadwater, Jefferson and Lewis and Clark Counties.


Mission Statement

Child Care Connections advocates for the well-being and quality care of children by supporting early childhood professionals, families and the communities we serve.

Vision Statement

Child Care Connections supports quality child care through:

• Financial assistance for child care
• Nutrition education
• Early childhood education and technical support
• Safety programs
• Family and community outreach
• Professional development

Research demonstrates that consistent nurturing child care, with good parenting, helps children develop to their full potential. Child Care Connections supports families and the local economy by encouraging quality child care and safety through the following services:

  • Best Beginnings scholarships for families struggling with the high cost of child care
  • Consumer education to help parents find quality care
  • Consultation and guidance for individuals interested in starting a child care program
  • Training and support for child care professionals
  • Financial reimbursement for nutritious meals served in child care and education to promote lifelong healthy eating habits
  • Safety programs dedicated to preventing childhood injuries and death
  • Child safety seat, bicycle helmets, life vests and gun lock resources
  • Babysitting courses for area youth
  • Lead agency for The Best Beginnings STARS to Quality Field Test

The staff at Child Care Connections is trained and dedicated to provide services that foster positive outcomes for children and families. With your support we can continue to provide and expand our services to our community's greatest resource, our children.

Child Care Connections is part of the Child Care Resource and Referral Network in Montana.

Facts about Child Care in Montana

Thank you to our donors:

  • Arbor Medic
  • Little Stinkers
  • Renee Gaugler/Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Chad Fields