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Who We Are

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Rising Stars Early Learning Center of Family Promise is a community-based center that will provide developmentally appropriate child care and early learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We help families in our community achieve sustainable independence by offering a Safe, Trusting, Accepting, Respectful, Secure, learning environment for their children, while offering family programming geared towards the unique needs of the families we serve. 


Meet our Directors

Holly Smedley

Early Learning Center Assistant Director

Family Promise Rising Stars: (406) 209-8498

Holly was born in San Diego CA and moved to Washington state then B.C. as a young child. She returned to Washington her senior year of high school and after graduation she chose to serve her country and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Her military years gave her the opportunity to travel around Europe while being station in Germany with the 45th Medical Company Air Ambulance. Holly and her husband met while serving in the military and have been married 20 years. 

After their military service Holly and her husband chose to return to her husband’s hometown in Northern California to raise their two daughters. During their 15 years in Northern California Holly worked as a home daycare provider, an inclusion teacher for Head start, started a preschool program within her daughter’s school district and an elementary school counselor. She earned her BA in Organizational Leadership and her MA and PPS Credential in Educational Counseling. 

Holly and her family just moved to the Bozeman area in spring 2022 and are loving the lifestyle Montana has to offer. Outside of work Holly loves to spend time with her family. They love to be outdoors hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and her most cherished time is watching her daughter ride her horse. Holly is her daughter's biggest fan, cheering her on at every high school rodeo and barrel race. Of course, all these adventures include their 2 pups. They are so excited to explore Montana and create the next chapter in their lives.

Danae Castle

Early Learning Center Assistant Director

Family Promise Rising Stars: (406) 209-8498

I have always had a love for young children going all the way back to my childhood where I would make my younger siblings be students in my very imaginary classroom. I attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR where I earned a degree in Family and Human Services. I have built and led children programming, taught in preschool environments, and helped care for infants and toddlers in weekday programs. My husband Doug and I have three young children. We love calling Bozeman home and enjoy spending time outside together, cheering for kids at endless youth sport events, and drinking coffee and tea all day long to help stay warm in the long winters.

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