kidsLINK Afterschool Program


What is the kidsLINK Afterschool Program? 

We offer working families before and after school programming for their children that is as safe as possible for students, staff, and families. The program provides a safe, caring environment that allows for nutritious snacks, outdoor play, quiet time and homework assistance, and various enrichment programs.  The kidsLINK Afterschool staff is trained in various curricula, social-emotional learning, conflict resolution, health, and well-being, as well as academic enrichment and STEM/STEAM. We strive to support students in multiples ways, encouraging them to find their spark in learning and expression. Programs take place on the school grounds directly after school until 5:45 pm. At this time, we are not offering before-school care and will keep you updated if that changes.

Due to the COVID pandemic, afterschool programs cannot currently operate in the usual way. We are following school guidelines of maintaining the integrity of social distancing with cohorts. Currently, limited programming is available at Whittier and Irving in Bozeman and Belgrade Middle School for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. In partnership with Bozeman and Belgrade School Districts, we plan to open afterschool programming at all elementary school sites and Belgrade Middle School in the fall of 2021. Please contact us in the meantime to learn more about the value of the kidsLINK afterschool program. 

Bozeman Programs:

kidsLINK is offering limited programming through May and June 2021 in Bozeman - at Whittier and Irving Elementary Schools.

Belgrade Programs:

On hold until fall 2021. There is limited program availability at Belgrade Middle School.

For more information about programs currently running or any other questions, email: or call 406-587-2194.

We're Here to Support Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for Montana's families working to balance professional responsibilities, child care, and changes to schooling.

We recognize the uncertainty families have about options for school-age children as we move into a new school year.

The ECCC (Early Childhood Community Council) and Southwest Montana COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters) are partnered to support families in Gallatin, Park, Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, Meagher, and Madison counties. 

Together, they've created a website to connect families to programs who are offering out-of-school care options, and to provide local resources to ensure that the children in our region have a safe and healthy environment to learn and grow.

Click here to view the Out of School MT website.


Greater Gallatin Childcare Providers

Do you have spots available in your program for school-aged children? Please fill out this form! With your permission, we will list your program information on our site to be advertised to local families. There is no cost to have your information on the website and you can update your program information at any time by resubmitting this form. Thank you for participating and working collectively to offer options to our community!

Employment Opportunities in Childcare

Follow this link to find current employment opportunities in childcare.