About Us

HANDS is a non-profit corporation that offers before and after school childcare in 14 of the elementary schools in Great Falls since 1993.

We are available to all students 5 years to 12 years old. Each center provides a safe place for the children to go before and after school without ever leaving the school building.

Snacks are provided after school. Many activities are offered throughout the afternoon. Inside and outside play, board games, science experiments, arts and crafts, reading and homework time, as well as free play with board games and assorted age appropriate toys.

HANDS is licensed with the State of Montana and is governed by a Board of Directors.


Program Information


All Day Programs

HANDS offers all day programs at one or two schools on days when the school is closed but there are engineers in the buildings. A special sign up procedure is involved with a reservation fee charged. 

Summer Program

We also offer a themed summer program with sign up beginning in April. There is a $25 reservation fee and this is considered a “Contract Program”. This means the child is signed up for the whole summer at $125 per week, whether they attend or not. Limited space is available.  

Includes one or two field trips per week, guest speakers, arts and crafts, and special events to complete the summer experience.

Program Costs

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