FAQs

Enrollment Questions

All children ages 3-5 living in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties are eligible for enrollment at Explorers Academy. Please be aware priority is given to children who meet the income guidelines with the goal that the children with the highest need are served first. We determine need based on income and benefits information such as tax returns, W2’s, check stubs, child support statements, school financial aid statements, TANF, SSI, SSDI, and WIC statements, tribal income, and other sources of income. We also consider a child’s family network, immigration status, housing situation, and any special or unique needs.

A small percentage of children enrolled in Explorers Academy’s services are over-income, but 90% of Explorers Academy’s admitted students must be income eligible. We have begun to offer paid tuition slots for families who earn more. If you have questions about paid tuition slots, please give us a call at (406) 245-7233 ext. 201.

Yes! Any legal guardian with custody over the child can apply for enrollment to Explorers Academy

Enrolling your child at Explorers Academy is free.

Yes! All residents of Yellowstone and Carbon Counties can apply for Explorers Academy

We encourage all parents to be involved with their child’s education and experience at Explorers Academy. After enrollment is complete, each family will be assigned a family advocate who will complete at least two home visits throughout the school year. We also have at least two parent-teacher conferences each year. Beyond these meetings, we encourage parents to volunteer in their child’s classroom, attend field trips, take part in meal time, and attend fun family activities in the evenings or on the weekends.

At this time we do not provide transportation, but we will help you find transportation options so your child can attend school.

As of Program Year 2019-2020, classroom hours will vary based on site.

Full day classrooms are six (6) hours per day, five (5) days per week. Morning and afternoon half-day classrooms are four (4) hours per day, four days per week.

For more information, contact our Director of Enrollment at 406-869-1226 or [email protected]

We currently have four open sites:

North Park (including our Main Office): 615 N 19th St, Billings, MT 59101

Terry Park: 511 Custer Ave, Billings, MT 59101

Laurel: 3242 Hesper Road, Billings, MT 59106

Lockwood: 1932 Hwy 87 E., Billings, MT 59101

Yes. They must have completed a well-child checkup from their doctor and dentist before they attend any Explorers Academy school. Families can pick up these applications at the North Park site, call to have the application mailed, or print the application here.

Your Family Advocate is meant to be a structure of support for your family. Whether it’s just two home visits a year or a few phone calls a week, your family advocate is your partner in creating a safe, healthy, and happy environment for your child.

Career Questions

Community Questions

We love volunteers! Volunteers make an enormous difference in our program and our families’ lives. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

We have many volunteer opportunities at Explorers Academy. Please visit our Volunteer page for more information.

You can donate to Explorers Academy by making a one-time or recurring contribution of cash, fundraising matches, material goods, and more. Learn more on our Donate page.

Explorers Academy uses community donations for a wide variety of programmatic needs. For more information, please see our Donate page.