Childcare Information

Select a link below to view school-age childcare information for Missoula County.

Definitions used in this guide:
School specific: Enrollment is limited to children from a particular elementary school to reduce social mixing and support contact tracing if needed.
Non-school-specific: Children from multiple schools are enrolled into the program.
Onsite: Takes place at the school itself (for school-specific care) 
Offsite: Takes place at a different location, but children are kept in school-specific cohorts (for school-specific care).
Full-day: Care takes place for a full day (more than 6 hours)
Afterschool: Care is available after school attendance hours (to fit modified school schedule/early dismissal)

If a school is not listed, the Joint Information Center has not received information about any school-specific care options for that school. Most programs listed have tuition assistance available.


Bonner Elementary

Full-day Care, remote learning days

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school 


Chief Charlo Elementary

Full-day care, remote learning days

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


DeSmet Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

  • Boys & Girls Club
    Free to all families. Register at https://www.bgcmissoula.org/register-after-school
    Contact: John Waters, John@bgcmissoulacounty.org

Additional care options not specific to school


Franklin Elementary

Full-day care, remote learning days

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Hawthorne Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Hellgate Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Jeannette Rankin Elementary

Full-day care, remote learning days

Onsite afterschool care:

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Lewis and Clark Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Lolo Elementary

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Lowell Elementary

Full-day care on remote learning days

Onsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Paxson Elementary

Onsite afterschool care:

Offsite afterschool care:

Additional options not specific to school


Rattlesnake Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to school


Russell Elementary

Onsite afterschool care

Offsite afterschool care

Additional options not specific to schools


Target Range

Full-day care, remote learning days

Onsite afterschool care

Additional care options not specific to schools


Unspecified: Students from any school may enroll

Full-day care on remote learning days

  • Missoula Parks and Recreation
    Half- and full-day camps
    https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2525/Day-Camps 
    406-721-7275
    parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us
    Missoula Parks and Recreation is offering Base Camp day camps and afterschool programming to keep kids active and engaged when they’re not in school. Kids will enjoy outdoor adventures, plus art and science-based activities with partners like the Insectarium, Clay Studio Missoula and more. To support hybrid school schedules, Base Camp includes homework time and access to computers for online work. Base Camp’s highly trained staff, low participant-to-staff ratios, and rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols will help ensure a fun, engaging experience for school-age children. Thanks to a grant from the Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund, Base Camp is offered at significantly reduced rates. All families, regardless of income, are eligible for discounts from 50-95 percent with the Base Camp Scholarship. Learn more at www.missoulaparks.org

Afterschool care

  • Missoula Parks and Recreation
    https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2525/Day-Camps 
    406-721-7275
    parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us
    Missoula Parks and Recreation is offering Base Camp day camps and afterschool programming to keep kids active and engaged when they’re not in school. Kids will enjoy outdoor adventures, plus art and science-based activities with partners like the Insectarium, Clay Studio Missoula and more. To support hybrid school schedules, Base Camp includes homework time and access to computers for online work. Base Camp’s highly trained staff, low participant-to-staff ratios, and rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols will help ensure a fun, engaging experience for school-age children. Thanks to a grant from the Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund, Base Camp is offered at significantly reduced rates. All families, regardless of income, are eligible for discounts from 50-95 percent with the Base Camp Scholarship. Learn more at www.missoulaparks.org

  • Boys and Girls Club
    City Life Community Center
    John Waters, john@bgcmissoulacounty.org  
    Register at https://www.bgcmissoula.org/register-after-school

  • Zootown Arts Community Center
    Kia Liszak, https://www.zootownarts.org/

  • 1st Class Childcare
    Across from Target Range School
    dave@1stclasschildcare.com