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Rhonda Schwenke

For general questions regarding MT Child Care Business Connect, specific questions related to the Mentorship program, trainings and special events, or if you don’t know who to contact, please contact Rhonda.

Jason Nitschke

For assistance starting, growing, expanding, stabilizing, exiting, hiring, or financing your childcare business, contact Jason.

Heide Borgonovo

For marketing, social media, website and outreach support, please contact Heide.

Shelby Whelan

For community capacity building support, community development, 1:1 support, and general questions about how to convene community efforts around child care please contact Shelby.

Caitlin Jensen

For overarching questions about the work of our organization, the Montana early childhood system, policy strategy, as well as general questions pertaining to government relations, industry connections to child care, and ways employers and organizational leaders can get involved, contact Caitlin.

Alex Dubois

For questions related to early childhood community and state advocacy, other local early childhood efforts around the state, systems building, and Family Forward Montana please contact Alex.


Kendra has always had a passion for building strong communities. After working in the cooperative movement for nearly 20 years, building financial education curriculum for school systems and small business economic opportunities in underserved communities, Kendra moved to continue her passion of economic development in the state of Montana where she served as the executive director of Montana’s Credit Unions for Community Development. 


Richard is a Helena native, Capital High School and Carroll College graduate. When he isn’t advocating for his community, he loves exploring Montana’s wild places and is a passionate proponent of enjoying our public lands. Now that he is working with Zero to Five Montana, he is ready to help improve a system that made such an impact on his life.

One-On-One Support

Schedule a Business Consultation

with Senior Child Care Business Advisor Jason Nitschke

Jason joins Zero to Five Montana as our Senior Child Care Business Advisor after eight years in economic development as Vice President with the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and Regional Director of the Great Falls area Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He will be delivering educational opportunities and one-on-one consultation support to entrepreneurs and communities starting, growing, and expanding child care and early education solutions.

Schedule a Community Consultation

with Community Navigator Shelby Whelan

Shelby is a people-person who is excited to continue her community development work as the Community Navigator for Montana Child Care Business Connect. She helped develop and implement community-led projects related to children and families, facilitated a handful of early childhood coalitions and committees, received the 2022 Moving Mountains award, and became invested in the need for early childhood systems change in Montana.

Meeting demand

Montana Child Care Business Connect (MCCBC) supports the start, stability, viability, and expansion of high-quality, early child care businesses in Montana and helps cultivate child care business stability and sustainability.