Child Care During Distance Learning 2.0

Child Care Registration Now Open

Wonder Zone Preschool-Age Child Care

  • The 20-21 Wonder Zone will remain in the Small-Group Hybrid Model to offer care around your child’s Small Wonders or ECSE schedule.
  • Priority registration for additional space will be given to children of all Tier 1 critical workers, however the program is planning to accommodate all currently registered Wonder Zone students.
  • Families previously enrolled in 20-21 Wonder Zone will not need to do anything unless you would like to make a schedule change. 
  • While operating in the Small-Group Hybrid model the District will not be offering Wonder Zone 2.0. If you are new to Wonder Zone and only registered for Wonder Zone 2.0, you will need to re-register for our regular 20-21 Wonder Zone program. 
  • Health screenings, including temperature checks, will be conducted in accordance with district plans.
  • Wonder Zone Preschool-Age Child Care will be offered on regular preschool days. Child care will be closed on non-school days like Winter Break and teacher workshop days, for example.
  • Wonder Zone preschool-age care will begin Nov. 30th.
  • Group sizes will be as per MDE/MDH guidelines, with typical groups sizes of 10 students
  • Free meals will be provided through the Student Nutrition Department
  • Register for 20-21 Wonder Zone
  • For more information on Wonder Zone Preschool-Age Child Care call 952-232-2157 or email Extended School Services Coordinator Julie.Ryan@isd194.org 

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*Please note that for all Early Childhood Programs, this situation can change or be put on pause without advance notice due to new/updated guidance, staff availability, or illness spread within a classroom or building.


Free and Fee-Based School-Age Child Care for Tier 1 Critical Workers

During PreK-12 distance learning, the District will provide free school day child care to eligible children of critical workers in Tier 1 industries as defined by the State of Minnesota. The care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, as all of the parents or legal guardians in the child’s household are Tier I critical workers. Under revised state guidance, it is required that in order to receive free school day child care all of the parents or legal guardians in the child’s household are critical workers in Tier 1 industries. 

As capacity allows, the District may provide fee-based school day child care to a two-parent/guardian household with only one Tier 1 critical worker.

Eligible children must be District-enrolled, school-age (Kindergarten to age 12) children of Tier 1 critical workers

To determine if you are a Tier I critical worker visit Appendix A in the 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools In, general, the Tier 1 critical workers list as defined by the State of Minnesota is:

  • 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 providing instruction or caring for children of critical workers
  • Child care and school-age care providers

After you have registered for School Day Child Care 2.0 you will need to provide proof of eligibility for child care. This needs to be a current letter from your employer stating the employee name, position and that they are a Tier 1 Critical Worker. All parents or legal guardians in the child’s household need to submit their letters together. Please email this to julie.ryan@isd194.org. Registrations will not be processed until we receive this proof of eligibility. Delays in submitting your proof of eligibility could affect your chances of getting into child care. 

Families not eligible for school say child care as a Tier 1 worker are encouraged to visit mn.gov/mmb/childcare/families for a listing of local child care providers.

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School Day Child Care 2.0 (K-Age 12)

During PreK-12 distance learning, the District will provide free school day child care to eligible children if all of the parents or legal guardians in the child’s household are critical workers in Tier 1 industries. As capacity allows, the District may provide fee-based school day child care to a two-parent/guardian household with only one Tier 1 critical worker. If further capacity allows, the District may provide fee-based school day child care to families who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. 

District staff will support students with their online learning and provide enrichment activities. Students will bring their individual District-issued iPads to child care.

Health screenings, including temperature checks, will be conducted in accordance with district plans.

School Day Child Care 2.0 will be offered on regular school days. Child care will be closed on non-school days like Winter Break and teacher workshop days, for example.

Starting Date: Monday, November 30 for K through age 12
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Up to four elementary schools may be used for K-5 School Day Child Care 2.0. Sites will be based upon enrollment. Kenwood Trail Middle School may be used based upon enrollment for children in grade 6 and 7, age 12 and under 
Group Size: Group sizes will be as per MDE/MDH guidelines, with typical groups sizes of 15 students
Fees: $20/day for a two-parent/guardian household with only one Tier 1 critical worker
Schedule: A minimum of 3 days per week are required
Meals: Free meals will be provided through the Student Nutrition Department
Transportation: Free transportation will be provided at the start (8:30 a.m.) and end of the school day (3:00 p.m.)

Registration for School Day Child Care 2.0 is now open (isd194.ce.eleyo.com). Note all families must re-register. Registration DEADLINE is November 18th to be able to start the week of November 30. 

For more information on School Day Child Care 2.0 for K-Age 12, call 952-232-2154 or email Extended School Services Billing Clerk Jean.Paulson@isd194.org 

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Kid Zone Before and After School Child Care (K-5)

During PreK-12 distance learning, the District will provide fee-based before and after school child care to any children based upon capacity, but Tier 1 critical workers will be given priority registration. Fee-based care may also be available for children receiving in-person instruction based upon identified individual needs.

Health screenings, including temperature checks, will be conducted in accordance with district plans.

Before and After School Child Care will be offered on regular school days. Child care will be closed on non-school days like Winter Break and teacher workshop days, for example.

Starting Date: Monday, November 30
Times: 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Up to four elementary schools may be used for Before and After School Child Care. Sites will be based upon enrollment.
Group Size: Group sizes will be as per MDE/MDH guidelines, with typical groups sizes of 15 students
Fees: Before School, $14/day
          After School, $15/day
Schedule: A minimum of 3 days per week are required
Meals: Free meals will be provided through the Student Nutrition Department
Transportation: Not available

Registration for Kid Zone Before and After Care is now open (isd194.ce.eleyo.com). Note all families must re-register. Registration DEADLINE is November 18 to be able to start the week of November 30

For more information on Kid Zone Before and After School Child Care, call 952-232-2154 or email Extended School Services Billing Clerk Jean.Paulson@isd194.org 

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