kidsLINK Afterschool Program

Quality | Convenient | Fun | Affordable

Greater Gallatin United kidsLINK Afterschool Program - 33 locations across 4 counties with over 2,700 children enrolled.

Children, families, employers - - our community relies on kidsLINK Afterschool Program.

Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool Program was established in 1997.  Rural communities were struggling to keep children safe after school while parents finished work.  Today, kidsLINK operates at 33 school-based/linked locations across 4 counties and serves over 1,700 children every day, with over 2,700 enrolled.  Its success is the result of strong partnerships with schools, school districts, MSU, Gallatin County 4-H, Gallatin Farm-To-School, and other local organizations.  kidsLINK supports academic success through tutoring, homework and reading support; strengthens well-being with daily physical activities; expands interests and sparks passion for learning through a variety of enrichment activities; fosters mental and emotional well-being through skilled and well-trained staff; enhances health with daily snacks and nutrition education; and supports working families by ensuring no child has to be home alone after school.  kidsLINK is a fun, safe environment providing rich opportunities for learning, personal growth, and building relationships.

The majority of kidsLINK programs operate on school grounds as a result of our long-term partnerships with school districts. Children experience an easy transition from the school day and families appreciate the convenience. We are pleased to offer the program without cap limits; allowing us to meet the needs of our growing communities.

kidsLINK Communities

Amsterdam | Belgrade | Big Sky | Big Timber | Bozeman | Gallatin Gateway | Gardiner | Livingston | Manhattan | Shields Valley | Three Forks | West Yellowstone | White Sulphur Springs

Bozeman Locations

Anderson | Chief Joseph Middle School | Emily Dickinson | Gallatin YMCA Summer Y-Achievers | Hawthorne | Hyalite | Irving | LaMotte | Longfellow | Meadowlark | Morning Star | Whittier

Belgrade Locations

Belgrade Middle School | Belgrade Summer Program | Heck/Quaw | Ridge View | Saddle Peak

Letters of Support for kidsLINK Afterschool Program


Impact Outcomes for kidsLINK Afterschool Program

  • Every student has a safe, nurturing, and engaging place to be out of school regardless of ability to pay;
  • Families experience improved financial stability;
  • Parents experience less stress as a result of their child participating in kidsLINK;
  • Students discover a spark or passion for learning, and;
  • Parents are ACES-informed and are knowledgeable on how to access community resources

Montana Afterschool Facts

Afterschool boosts student success, keeps kids safe, and helps parents keep their jobs. The demand for afterschool and summer learning opportunities far exceeds the supply in Montana; One out of every five applications for 21st Century Community Learning Centers cannot be funded, leaving communities without the supports they need for children and youth in the hours after school and during the summer. A nationwide study of students who regularly attend 21st Century Community Learning Centers found:

  • 65% improved their class participation and homework completion
  • 57% improved their classroom behavior
  • nearly half improved their math and Language Arts grades
  • Click for more MT Facts on Afterschool

If you or someone you know, individual or business, is interested in learning about ways to support this vital community program, please contact us at 406.587.2194 or kidsLINK@greatergallatinunitedway.org.

THANK YOU, KBZK!

Thank you, Carley Rainey for capturing such lovely stories from kidsLINK families about how important afterschool care is to them.