Eligibility for Free School Day Child Care
Tier 1 Critical Worker Families
Children of Tier I Critical Workers may participate during the School Day for free and may also attend Kid Zone Before and After School for a fee. Priority registration will be given to Tier I families for both School Day and Kid Zone Before and After School Child Care. As per the Minnesota Department of Education, the school-age care for children of Tier 1 Critical Workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a Tier 1 Critical Worker.
Tier I Critical Worker Verification:
Free School Day child care will be offered to District-enrolled, school-age children, Kindergarten to age 12, who are children of Tier 1 Critical Workers as designated by the State. The Tier I Critical Worker list of eligible children is below. See Appendix A of the School-Age Care Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for the 2020-21 School Year for a detailed description.
- Healthcare and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Food and agriculture
- Judicial Branch (essential services)
- National Guard (activated under a Governor Executive Order)
- Educators in Pre-K through Grade 12 settings
- School staff caring for children of Tier 1 Critical Workers
- Child care and school-age care providers
Only children of Tier 1 Critical Workers enrolled in the Lakeville Area Schools are eligible.
- Children of staff enrolled in another District are not eligible.
- Resident children enrolled in a private school are not eligible.
- Students choosing full-time Distance Learning through LinK12 Lakeville are not eligible
Tier 1 Critical Workers must provide employment verification. Registration will not be approved until verification is confirmed.
- The employer must provide official written verification on the employer’s letterhead.
- Letter must state your name, your position and that you are currently employed as a Tier 1 Critical Worker.
- Employer contact information needs to be included if further verification is needed.
- Employees of Lakeville Area Schools do not need to submit employment verification.
- Verification must be emailed to the Extended School Services Coordinator Julie Ryan at Julie.Ryan@isd194.org.
Non-Tier 1 Critical Worker Families
Students of Non-Tier 1 Critical Worker families will be able to register for Kid Zone Before and After School Child Care on their in-person learning days. This is on a first come, first served basis as space is available. Due to limited space at this time, School Day Child Care is not available to Non-Tier 1 Critical Worker families. Families not eligible for School Day Child Care as a Tier 1 Critical Worker are encouraged to visit mn.gov/mmb/childcare/families/ for a listing of local child care providers.
Information about Kid Zone can be found here.
School Day Child Care for Tier 1 Critical Workers
- Free School Day Child Care will be offered to District-enrolled, school-age children, kindergarten to age 12, who are children of critical workers in Tier 1 as designated within the State’s critical worker list.
- School Day Child Care is available only to those families of Tier 1 Critical Workers. Non-Tier 1 families and students enrolled in full-time Distance Learning through LinK12 Lakeville are not eligible for School Day Child Care.
- The first day of school is Monday, September 14, 2020 and the last day of school is Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
- School Day Program Hours:
- Early Schools: 8:50 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
- Late Schools: 9:25 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.
- Students may attend on their Flex Day and Distance Learning Days (see tables above).
- The School Day Child Care option follows the District calendar and is not available on non-school days such as workshop days, breaks, etc.
- Transportation will be provided by Schmitty & Sons Bus Co. from designated bus stop to the start of the school day and then from the end of school day to designated bus stop.
- Lakeville Area School staff will assist with distance learning and technology needs.
- Lunch can be purchased through the Lakeville Area Schools Student Nutrition Department.
- If your child has specific dietary needs, please connect with your child’s teacher, school nurse, and/or school cook.
- School Day Child Care will follow Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance of a 1:14 ratio.
- Health screenings for School Day Child Care will follow the District elementary school process.
- Students identified through an IEP team process will be provided special education services through the Special Education Department.
- Middle School students, ages 12 and under, will be offered care at their identified home elementary school on the flex and distance learning days.
- Middle School students, ages 12 and under, needing transportation would use an elementary bus to and from child care at their home elementary school.
- Families with students open enrolled into another District school (i.e. Ignite or Impact) are highly encouraged to provide their own transportation to their open enrolled school for child care, but may request to attend child care at their home elementary school and may take an elementary bus to and from their home elementary school.
Kid Zone Non-School Day Options
- Kid Zone will offer fee-based child care on most non-school days such as MEA, Winter Break, etc.
- Non-school days are open to all elementary-aged students, however Non-School Days will have limited availability with priority registration given to Tier 1 Critical Worker families.
- Non-school days may be cancelled if the District moves to the Distance Learning model.
- Registration will be available in mid-September.
- These days are non-refundable.
Tier 1 Critical Worker Families
- School Day and Kid Zone Child Care registration will open August 20, 2020.
- The initial registration deadline for Tier I families will be noon, Wednesday August 26 in order to begin service the week of Monday, September 14. Registration will continue past this deadline, however the child care start date may be delayed.
- Eligible Tier 1 families will be asked to register for care in both hybrid and distance learning models up front (should the District shift into the distance learning model) in order to help with transitioning between models. Providing a schedule will not be needed for School Day school-age child care during distance learning unless that model is implemented.
- Be prepared to indicate if your child is assigned to Learning Group A or B.
- Tier 1 Critical workers must provide employment verification. Registration will not be approved until verification is confirmed. Please see employment verification information above.
- New families should follow this link to create their Eleyo profile and register.
- Families with an existing Eleyo account can register here.
- For more information about the School Day Child Care for grade K-age 12 and Kid Zone Before & After School Child Care for grades K-5, call 952-232-2154 or email Extended School Services Billing Clerk Jean.Paulson@isd194.org
Setting Your School Day and/or Kid Zone Child Care Schedule
- Families are required to submit their child care schedules in advance of their attendance.
- Schedules must be entered by noon Wednesday of the prior week.
- There is a minimum of 2 days per week, on the weeks you are selecting.
Should you have any questions regarding the School Day Child Care or Kid Zone Child Care Programs, please call 952-232-2154 or email Extended School Services Billing Clerk Jean.Paulson@isd194.org