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; 1 out of every 5 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


kidsLINK Afterschool was established in 1997 in response to an identified need in our rural communities; to keep children safe after school while their parents finished their work day.  kidsLINK Afterschool now operates in 29 school-based/linked locations across 4 counties and served nearly 2,000 children every day. kidsLINK is a fun, safe environment providing rich opportunities for learning,  personal growth, and building relationships.  Its success is the result of strong partnerships with schools, school districts, MSU, Gallatin County 4-H and other local organizations.

kidsLINK Afterschool 6 Bold Goals:

  1. Ensure no child is home alone by providing quality, affordable out of school programming that supports and engages working families
  2. Enhance student health by providing nutritious daily snacks and nutrition education
  3. Strengthen student well-being by providing daily physical activity with a focus on lifelong fitness
  4. Promote student academic success by providing tutoring, homework and reading support
  5. Develop student interest and spark a passion for learning by providing enrichment activities
  6. Foster student mental and emotional well-being through quality staffing and ongoing professional

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