Schools, Childcare and University Links and Information

#406vaxxed and Proud Incentive Campaign

Visit missouledfoundation.org for details about the prizes and eligibility rules.

The Missoula Education Foundation launched the #406vaxxedandproud incentive campaign Monday, April 26. The campaign’s goal is to get all 16-18-year-olds in Missoula County vaccinated against COVID-19.

Eligible participants must live in Missoula County, be enrolled in a participating high school, and be completing a degree program to enter the drawing after their first dose. Participants are eligible for prizes once they are fully vaccinated.  

The grand prize is an e-bike from Missoula Bicycle Works, the second and third place prizes include scholarships, computer gaming packages and Chromebooks. There will also be a range of gift cards from local businesses as well as Griz gear for the #406vaxxedandproud prize winners.

Childcare for school-age children

GUIDE: Childcare options for school-age children 

Other childcare information

During COVID-19, finding child care, paying for child care and deciding whether to send your little ones to child care can be more challenging than normal. Child Care Resources offers a variety of services and information for families to address these issues.

Need help finding child care?
Child Care Resources maintains a database of child care facilities, with information about vacancies, hours of operations, rates and more. Give them a call at 406-728-6446 or search for a Montana child care provider online.

Need help paying for child care?
Child Care Resources can assist income-eligible families in applying for the Best Beginnings Scholarship, which helps cover the cost of child care fees at licensed facilities. Scholarship information is available online

What should I consider when deciding whether or not to send my child to child care during COVID-19?
Child Care Resources created a checklist to help guide parents through this decision-making process.

Other information about child care during COVID-19:
Child Care Resources regularly updates their parenting page with information for parents.


Missoula Area Emergency Child Care Task Force

The Missoula Area Emergency Child Care Task Force also is working to address the need for child care among Missoulians employed in occupations critical to the community’s continued health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task force includes personnel from the Missoula City-County Health Department, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Child Care Resources, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula Family YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club of Missoula. It is coordinated by Grace Decker of Zero to Five Missoula County, an initiative of United Way of Missoula County.

The task force is assessing the need for child care among healthcare, law enforcement and first response personnel; identifying potential locations for child care for 0-5-year-olds and school-age children, including in existing child care facilities and other community sites; and Identifying resources and funds to support child care programs operating under emergency conditions.

WATCH: Child Care Task Force provides update on care for kids of essential workers

Parenting resources

Supporting young children during COVID-19
Pregnancy and new parenthood during COVID-19
Parenting young children during COVID-19
Helping children understand COVID-19

Public schools

Missoula County Public Schools

Please visit mcpsmt.org/covid-19 for updates or call 406-728-2400 and dial 0 to speak to a receptionist.

Meal assistance

All MCPS meals will be provided free of charge to all students and youth under age 18 in the community through the end of the school year. 

  • Grab and go meals will include breakfast along with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a deli sandwich option.
  • Grab and go meals are available at each school site to:
    -Students attending the MCPS Online Academy
    -Any youth under 18 - even homeschooled and private school students
    -Anyone can pick up meals on behalf of a student. 

Pick-up locations and times for schools are listed here. More details are online.

WATCH: Missoula educator shares challenges, opportunities of remote education

Missoula County Superintendent of Schools

Please contact individual school district websites for district specific information.

Hellgate Elementary School District #4

Lolo Elementary School District #7

Potomac School District # 11

Bonner School District #14

Woodman Elementary School #18

DeSmet School District #20

Target Range School District #23

Sunset Elementary School #30

Clinton Elementary School District #32

Swan Valley School District #33

Seeley Lake Elementary School #34

Frenchtown School District #40

The Missoula County Superintendent of Schools office will operate almost entirely remotely with irregular in-person hours. The public is encouraged to make appointments, use the drop box, or send correspondence through the U.S. Postal Service. Masks are required to enter the building. There is a limit of one person at a time due to the small reception area.

Teachers who need to register their teaching licenses may:

  • Drop the original in the lockbox to the left of the entrance. We will register it and mail it back to you. Please let us know what school you work for and where you would like us to mail it.
  • Mail the original to 410 W. Spruce St., Missoula MT 59802. We will register and mail it to you.

Parents and community members may contact us in the following ways:

If you see that our front office light is on, someone is in the office. Feel free to call 258-4860 and speak with someone at that moment regarding your visit. We will not be able to let you enter the office, but we can help you as best we can while you’re here.

Please send your questions to Erin Lipkind, Missoula County Superintendent of Schools at elipkind@missoulacounty.us or call Erin or Jessica Bird, school clerk, at 406-258-4860.

University of Montana

UM continues to proceed in a measured and data-informed manner that considers, first and foremost, the safety of all members of the UM community. For general information about how UM is handling COVID-19, visit UM’s Coronavirus Information website.

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