After-School Kids Club!
What is Kids Club?
In response to COVID-19, NMCDC is offering After-School Kids Club – a free neighborhood youth program and open meal site for youth in 3rd grade through high school!
Kids Club is a “drop-in” hub in the Westside for youth to craft, get homework help, hang out (masked and at a distance), eat free food, and have fun! Our 3 Kids Club mentors are amazing and this program is great for young people who want small group or one-to-one attention and those who like crafting or projects. If they wish, participants can use a free laptop and headphones for schoolwork.
Through this program, we strive to increase access to positive adult supervision, healthy food, and technology for kids who need it most during this pandemic – all while being as safe as possible.
When and Where is Kids Club?
Monday – Thursday from 2:30-5:30 PM
Burns Street Center, 1500 Burns St, Missoula, MT 59802.
How does the “drop-in” structure work?
Kids Club, like our summer program, is a free “drop-in” program, meaning that participants do not need to come every day – but are certainly welcome to – and do not need to stay for the whole 3 hours! Youth can come and leave whenever is best for them or their guardians, as long as staff are notified of how young people will be getting home. (Our detailed check-in/check-out policies and agreements are in the registration form.)
We can also arrange for a mentor to walk kids over from Lowell School and are happy to work with caretakers on pick-up/drop-off arrangements.
How do I sign up?
To participate, simply bring the young person(s) to Kids Club, fill out a registration form on the spot, and you’re good to go! If you’d like to print and complete the form in advance, you can download it here.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Families:
View, save, or print a PDF of our COVID-19 Safety Protocols here.
Check-In and Arrival
- Staff, adults, and youth must wear masks in the building.
- Upon arrival, youth and guardian (if present) will first put on hand sanitizer, then verbally complete a health assessment and no-touch temperature check.
- if parent is not present, we ask the child the screening questions
- If a child has fever, or reports a recent illness, Kids Club will follow protocol laid out by the City-County Health Department.
- No touch sign-in. Staff signs the child in for parents to avoid crowding and multiple hands on the same materials.
- After health assessment and sign-in, participants will immediately head to the restroom to wash hands with soap and warm water.
During Kids Study Club
Space Use and Distancing:
- We have 2- 3 staff people and a max of 15 kids in the Center.
- Social distancing:
- Study tables are arranged to be at least 6 feet apart from one another. One laptop will be placed at each table. Kids will stay at their study table unless they are using the restroom or going in or outside.
- We will ask that the bathrooms are used one at a time.
- Kids and staff wear masks whenever they are inside.
- Kids-sized masks provided by Kids Club and laundered at the end of each day, but youth are encouraged to bring their own.
- If adults accompany youth, masks must be worn during drop-off and pick-up.
- Participants will wash their hands with soap and water when they arrive, after using the bathroom, and before and after they eat.
- They will use hand sanitizer before transitioning to a new activity and before they go home.
- This means they will be washing or hand sanitizing about every 30 minutes.
- Staff will wipe down all high use surfaces (tables, door knobs, equipment) before camp starts and at the end of camp.
- A professional janitorial service sanitizes and cleans after each day of programming.
- If there is more than 1 user in a program day, each computer and headphones are entirely wiped down between participants. Tables and chairs are also cleaner between participants.
- All computers, chargers, headphones, and other equipment will be disinfected at the end of each day.
- Each participant has a designated set of school/art supplies
- Participants are not allowed to share supplies
- Boxes are sanitized at the end of each day or quarantined for 3 days.
- Communal objects, such as basketballs, are sanitized.
Through our partnership with the Missoula Food Bank, Kids Club participants get healthy snacks and a meal during program hours. We are an open meal site, so school-aged-youth are welcome to stop by, grab food, and take off!