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Little Explorers Preschool Care

Little Explorers Preschool Care offers a fun before- and after-school, and non-school day, language-infused program where students engage in songs, activities, and other learning opportunities in Chinese, Spanish, and English. Enrollment in Little Explorers is first-come, first-served with limited spaces available each year.

Program Eligibility 
  • Children must be enrolled in the Lakes International Language Academy Kinder Prep Preschool program and be at least three years of age, but not yet in kindergarten. 
  • Children must be toilet trained and able to use the bathroom independently prior to entering the program. 
  • Families are responsible for transporting children to and from Little Explorers.

 Program Schedule, Fees & Payments
  • Little Explorers follows the same school-year calendar as Kinder Prep Preschool with the option of full day Little Explorers care from 6:00 am-6:00 pm on most non-school days, based on attendance. Care is not provided on holidays.
  • A 24-hour notice is required to confirm availability for drop-in care.  
  • Email the Explorer Office with any changes to your schedule or questions regarding payments.
  • Little Explorers Care Calendars are available online and at the Little Explorers parent center.
  • Care Calendars and payment are due by the 22nd of the month prior to the requested month of care to secure a spot in the program - i.e. September 22 for October care. Care Calendars turned in late will be assessed a late calendar fee and a late payment fee. 
  • If paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), please complete the authorization form and place it in the LILA Main Campus Drop Box.

Schedule Changes & Absences
  • If your child is absent from school, and will not be attending Little Explorers, please notify the Explorer Office by email or by phone at 651-252-6720.
  • Little Explorers and Explorer Club do not reduce tuition or reimburse for absences.
  • For all other changes, please notify the Explorer Club office by noon. A switch-day may be possible for a fee, if prior notice and space is available.

Non-School Days Schedule & Fees 
  • Little Explorers operates from 6:00 am-6:00 pm on non-school days. Care is not provided on holidays.
  • The non-school day schedule is similar to the school day schedule with the addition of lunch, rest period, and additional enrichment and theme-based activities. 
  • A morning and afternoon snack is provided. Families are required to send a lunch with their child each day. 
  • Please refer to the Family Handbook for non-school day pricing options.

Explorer Contacts

Nicole Johnson,
School-Age & Preschool Care Director

Abigail Paulson,
School-Age & Preschool Care Coordinator

Lynette Erchul,
Administrative Assistant

Little Explorers School Day
Program At-A-Glance

6:00–7:30 am
• Structured Free Play
• Small Group Time: Songs,
    Stories, Share, Circle Time
• Breakfast
• Dismissal: Transition to
2:00-6:00 pm
• Snack
• Transition: Wash Hands,
    Bathroom, Water Break
• Outside
• Group Time: Songs, Stories,
    Share, Circle Time, Calendar,
    Special Days
• Centers or Activity
• Structured Free Play