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.
HANDS is located in 14 elementary schools in the Great Falls area. Once a family signs up for the HANDS current school year program, they are able to use the program as much or as little as they need throughout that school year.
We also have All-Day Programs when there is no school. Only families that have registered for the current school year are eligible to reserve a spot for an All-Day Program.
Statements come out the first week of the following month, as HANDS charges exact time. Payment is due upon receipt.
A family discount is applied for two or more children, unless the family is receiving scholarship assistance. Parents are charged for the exact time the child attends and no set schedule is necessary.
A late charge is placed on an account per child for every 15 minutes after 6:00PM MST.
Registration fees are applied during the onboarding process of a new or existing family. These are non-refundable. The registration fee is collected after the HANDS Office processes and finalizes the billing contract.
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.
All Day Program Reservation Fee - $5
A $5 reservation fee is charged per child and is used to secure the child's spot for the all-day-program. Reservation fees are non-refundable.
All Day Program Daily Rate - $25/day
All-day program days are charged at $25 per day. Once a child's spot has been reserved, the families account will be charged regardless of attendance.
All-Day Program Dates
HANDS offers a full day summer program at 2 Elementary Schools with limited availability at each school.
The HANDS Summer Program is a contract rate for the entire summer. Starting around the first Tuesday after school gets out for the year, and concluding mid-August.
Each year we plan a themed fun filled summer with crafts, activities, guest speakers, water fun, and field trips around Great Falls.
We are closed the week of the 4th of July. Families are not charged for this week.
Family Vacation Week offered at no charge. Parents may choose an additional week that their child will not attend. Week must be chosen by 5/31 and provided in writing to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The $30 registration fee is non-refundable, and is considered a "contract program". This means the child is signed up for the entire summer program at $125 per week, whether they attend or not. Limited space is available.
Summer program is a contract rate for the entire summer program. Tuition will be posted at $125 per week, and statements are mailed out monthly. Tuition will be charged regardless of child's attendance.