Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA)

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Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA) is a statewide network and serves as the champion for afterschool programming and expanded learning opportunities in the state of Montana. MTAA's goals are to advocate for sustainable, high-quality afterschool programs by convening families, afterschool program providers, schools, business leaders, elected officials, key community stakeholders, and public education agencies committed to improving outcomes for youth and their families.  Greater Gallatin United Way helped to spearhead the network.  MTAA was awarded a 3-year matching-fund grant on October 1st, 2014 from the C.S. Mott Foundation.  Montana is the 43rd state to have a statewide afterschool network.  GGUW now serves as the fiscal agent for MTAA.  To learn more about MTAA, visit www.MTafterschoolalliance.org.

GGUW is in its third year of acting as the fiscal sponsor for MTAA and was instrumental in supporting the second statewide professional development “Afterschool & Beyond Conference”. GGUW has been supporting MTAA in reaching significant goals such as conducting a statewide out-of-school-time needs assessment, reaching MTAA’s grant funding match requirements of $225,000 over the past three years, and most recently, moving the MTAA Network Lead staffing position to Helena, MT where we can have greater impact across the state particularly in the public policy arena.

GGUW has been instrumental in the founding and growth of this fledgling entity and we hope to see MTAA provide an increase of support for our kidsLINK Afterschool Program and for all out-of-school-time programs across the state in the coming years.  GGUW has been supporting MTAA in reaching significant goals such as conducting a statewide out-of-school-time needs assessment, reaching MTAA’s grant funding match requirements of $225,000 over the past three years, and most recently, moving the MTAA Network Lead staffing position to Helena, MT where we can have greater impact across the state particularly in the public policy arena.

The Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA), with support from the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, partnered with Bloom Consulting to complete a statewide needs assessment of out-of-school time programming in 2015.

This assessment identified promising practices and outstanding needs for out-of-school time throughout the state. This information will help MTAA in defining its priorities as an organization moving forward. Findings revealed the extent of the unmet need for before school, afterschool, and summer programming across Montana, as well as major barriers to providing these programs as well as to participation.

 
MTAA in partnership with Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool launched Afterschool & Beyond Conference in 2015.

For more information on the 2015 conference, click here.

For more information on the 2016 conference, click here.

For more information about the 2017 conference, click here.