Head Start, Inc. is now Explorers Academy!

We are excited to announce a new name for the preschool you know and love!

Why the change?  We wanted to create a name and logo that truly reflects who we are – a high quality, early learning center that engages and supports both children and families in their learning and growth.  We are a child-centered, play-based program that serves Yellowstone and Carbon Counties with evidence-based education and family services programs!

Learn more about our new logo!

No matter our name, we will always be a Head Start program.

If your child is returning for a second year, or if you have recently enrolled your child in Head Start, there’s no need to worry!  We look forward to serving your family this upcoming year in the same ways as always and with the same core values that drive our mission and teaching everyday.

Exciting News for 2017-2018

Not only do we have a new name, we have even more exciting updates for you!

Tuition Options

We are now offering a tuition option! For families who don’t meet Head Start income requirements, we have opened up additional slots on a tuition-basis for enrollment. We will still offer 360 Head Start slots, but beginning in Fall 2017, we will offer a small number of additional slots for families that wish to enroll and pay tuition. We look forward to growing this option over time!

STARS Preschool

We have also been approved for State funding as part of the STARS Preschool program! For the next two years, our program will have 18 preK spots available to families in the Billings area at no cost! To learn more about this program, visit the DPHHS website.

New School Near Terry Park!

We have opened a second site in Billings, allowing us to expand the number of full-day preschool spots available to the community. At that new site, which we call the Terry Park site, we will also offer before- and aftercare, meaning that families who need extended hours (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., M-F, year-round) can now access that option. To learn more about this new school, check us out in a recent Billings Gazette article!


We’d love to talk to you if you have any questions about Explorers Academy, the experience your child will have in our program, or what we can do to support your family.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out – just call our front desk at (406) 245-7233!  We look forward to seeing you and your family for the start of school on August 29th!