How can I apply?


Click here to fill out our new online application! 

If you have questions or need assistance completing the application, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at (406) 245-7233 ext. 201!

What to bring to your Enrollment Appointment:

  • Your photo ID
  • Income Verification (Tax Return, W2, Social Security Statements, Check Stubs, TANF Statement, Foster Care Verification, Homeless Verification, Child Support)
  • If you do not have a tax return and/or W2, we are required to verify 12 months of income.
  • Your child’s Birth Certificate
  • Your child’s Shot Record
  • If your child has a diagnosed disability, please bring in any verifying documents (IEP, IFSP, information from your child’s doctor, etc.)

How does Explorers Academy determine eligibility?

Explorers Academy enrollment is based on the needs of participating families. The “Family Size Income Guidelines” shown below are established annually by the U.S. Government. At least 90% of Explorers Academy families must meet these income guidelines. Before over-income families can be accepted, Explorers Academy must offer available enrollment slots to income-eligible families. Income requirements can be waived for children with special needs. Families with homeless children, foster children or on TANF are automatically eligible for Explorers Academy.


Family Size Income Guidelines

# of Family Members 2019-2020 Income Guidelines
2 $16,910
3 $21,330
4 $25,750
5 $30,170
6 $34,590
7 $39,010
8 $43,430
over 8 add $4,420 for each additional person

Children ages 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Explorers Academy. Children must turn 3 or 4 before September 10th of the school year for which the family is applying.


If you do not qualify for our Head Start program because your income is too high, please get in touch with us to talk about enrollment in our STARS classes or a private tuition slot. You can fill out the form below to reach out to our Enrollment Director.

How can I contact the Enrollment Director?