kidsLINK Afterschool Program

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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, well-being, academic enrichment, and STEM/STEAM. We strive to support students in multiple 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.

With the Covid 19 pandemic easing in the Gallatin Valley, we look forward to returning to regular school hours with afterschool programming in the GGUW kidsLINK Afterschool Program. Factors affecting ease of re-opening include staffing, enrolling enough families to run the program, and any possible adjustments due to the pandemic and space limitations.  

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 as long as we can help the school district recruit/hire enough qualified kidsLINK staff. We use an attendance and billing system called Procare. 

If you are already a kidsLINK family, and you have a Procare account, visit your Parent Portal to re-register your child(ren) for the fall. If you have any trouble accessing your account, let us know.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us in the meantime to learn more about the value of the kidsLINK afterschool program.  

Bozeman Programs:

New families may open a Procare Account here: New Family Open a Bozeman kidsLINK Procare Account

Belgrade Programs:

New families may open a Procare Account here: New Family Open a Belgrade kidsLINK Procare Account

Once you open an account, we will send you a confirmation letter with the next steps to enroll your child(ren). 


Scholarship Information

To work toward our goal of NO child being home alone after school, we offer full and partial scholarships to help families who could use extra support.  Complete this form to apply for a scholarship.  Our team will review the application and get back to you with any questions we might have.  If you have questions, please reach out to us by phone or email.  

We want to thank First Security Bank and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation for supporting afterschool scholarships for working families.  If you would like to join in supporting the scholarship fund, please click here.  Watch this video to learn more about the program.


COVID Precautions - Fall 2021 

The status of the COVID pandemic is constantly shifting. We at kidsLINK Afterschool will be following each school district’s recommendations as well as CDC guidance. At this time, mask-wearing will be optional.  

To simplify information gathering for you, we are providing links to the following sources to inform yourself and do what is best for your family. 

Bozeman BSD7 School District 

Belgrade BSD44 School District 

Healthy Gallatin (City-County Health Department) 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)  

American Association of Pediatrics      


Join our kidsLINK team!

There are opening for Program Coordinators and for Support Staff.  Click here for more information.



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Other Program Information

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.

kidsLINK Staff


Greater Gallatin United Way Staff: 

kidsLINK Program Director: Karen DeCotis                                                  Phone Number: (406) 206-5271 

Community Impact Coordinator: Amy Revious                                            Phone Number: (406) 206-6971 



Bozeman Schools: 

Emily Dickinson Elementary School Coordinator: Sue Hillbrich                   Phone Number: (406) 602-8147 

Hawthorne Elementary School Coordinator: Joseph Barrett                        Phone Number: (406) 602-8152 

Hyalite Elementary School Coordinator: Marshall Muruato                          Phone Number: (406) 602-8150 

Irving Elementary School Coordinator: Kaylee Grote                                    Phone Number: (406) 206-9547 

Longfellow Elementary School Coordinator: Karen Fujimori                        Phone Number: (406) 545-2244 

Meadowlark Elementary School Coordinator: LeAnne Grote                       Phone Number: (406) 206-7620 

Morning Star Elementary School Coordinator: Carson Jacobs-Forster        Phone Number: (406) 602-8148 

Whittier Star Elementary School Coordinator: Elizabeth Kennedy               Phone Number: (406) 206-9539 



Belgrade Schools: 

Saddle Peak Elementary School Coordinator: Suzanne Galinac                 Phone Number: (406) 534-0682 

Story Creek Elementary School Coordinator: Annabel Argas                      Phone Number: (406) 602-8146 

Belgrade Middle School: Kim Hohenstein                                                      Phone Number: (406) 539-1755