Jr. Explorers - Ages 3-5

Junior Explorers Club is sponsored though Minnetonka Community Education and offers a flexible, high-quality childcare program for preschool-aged children. Our highly qualified staff, many of whom are licensed educators, ensure all activities are age-appropriate and provide a balance between structured and non-structured play. Children spend time with friends in activities such as listening to stories, creating art and science projects and playing outdoors.

Junior Explorers Club is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday and requires a minimum of two days of care. Please note that children must be toilet trained to participate in Junior Explorers.

Junior Explorers for Minnetonka Preschool
You may choose to combine childcare with Minnetonka Preschool, or enroll your child(ren) in only Junior Explorers. Combining Minnetonka Preschool and Junior Explorers Club childcare is a great option for families looking for high-quality childcare and a world-class preschool program. Staff accompany children between programs and ensure they are supervised at all times.

Wrap Community Ed activities into your child's day
Minnetonka Community Education offers a variety of enrichment and recreational activities that can be wrapped into your child’s day at the Minnetonka Community Education Center (MCEC). Your child can attend preschool, take a dance, gymnastics, music or language class and go to Junior Explorers childcare— all between drop-off and pick-up! Our staff will accompany children between each activity to ensure a safe, supervised transition.

Schedule

We ask parents to enroll their children in Explorers on a consistent schedule, two to five days, at the same time increments each week for a minimum of four weeks. Changes to a family’s schedule must be made in writing or in their Eleyo account at least one week before modifications are set to take effect. Requests will be approved on a space-available basis and there will be a $10 fee per child for each change.

Adding a day to your schedule is an option. Additions will be approved on a space-available basis and require 24-hour advanced notice. Add-a-Day rates apply.

Childcare OptionsScheduleNotes
Before Preschool

6:30-9a.m.

  • Includes a healthy breakfast snack

After Preschool

3-6p.m.

  • Includes a healthy afternoon snack

Opposite Preschool

6:30a.m.-12:3p.m.
or 11:15a.m.-6p.m.

  • Includes a breakfast snack.
  • School lunch option (purchase in the fall) or send a bag lunch each day.

Half Day AM

6:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

  • Includes a breakfast snack.
  • School lunch option (purchase in the fall) or send a bag lunch each day.

Half Day PM

Noon-6p.m.

  • Includes a healthy snack.
  • School lunch option (purchase in the fall) or send a bag lunch each day.

Full Day

6:30a.m.-6p.m.

  • Care for days when your child is not in preschool.
  • May be combined with other Community Ed classes or activities (i.e. DanceWorks, Music, etc.).

Summer

6:30a.m.-6p.m.

  • Care is available when school is not in session.
  • Must be 4 years of age by June 1.


Registration Questions

How do I register for Junior Explorers Club?

Minnetonka Community Education uses Eleyo for registering for Community Education classes, including Junior Explorers Club. All Junior Explorers Club registrations are done on the Eleyo website. Eleyo allows you to manage your Explorers Club schedule online, register for all non-school days at once, pay with your credit/debit card or checking/savings account, view and print invoices, print tax and dependent care receipts throughout the year and sign up for text message notifications.

Using the steps below, you will create an account for yourself and a profile for all of your family members. Then you can register for Junior Explorers Club. This process should take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

First create an account for yourself and then create a profile for your child(ren). Click this link: https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com and use the steps below.

Eleyo Login and Set-up

  1. Access the site by going to: http://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com . NOTE: Eleyo works best when using the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Select in the upper, right corner of the screen. If you already have an Eleyo Account, enter your email and password to log in and skip to Register for Explorers Club and/or Junior Explorers Club below. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one by selecting Sign Up.
  3. Complete the Register a New Account Form and select Create Account. Please note: The account should be created in the parent’s name.
  4. Next, log in using your email address and password. NOTE: An email will be sent from Eleyo with a link to verify your account.
  5. Once logged in, select Manage Relationships on the dashboard to add a family member.
  6. Select Add Family Member/Relationship to add family members. If you have an elementary-aged child, select your child’s grade from the drop down menu then select the current (or upcoming school year depending on when you are registering) from the School Year drop down to indicate your child’s grade. If your child is preschool aged, you will select Kindergarten and the year they will start Kindergarten.
  7. Select Create Person to complete the profile. Add all family members.
  8. After you have finished setting up your account and created a Profile for your child, you have completed the Account set-up process and are ready to register in our system.

Junior Explorers Club Registration

  1. From your dashboard, select Explore All Programs in the right hand corner, then choose Explorers Club Child Care and select Registration.
  2. Select your child from the list on the left. After verifying your child’s information, select Looks Good, Start Registering.
  3. Add at least 3 Emergency contacts for your child’s account and select Continue.
  4. Please read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and select Continue.
  5. Select your child’s start date and what days of the week they will be attending and select Continue.
  6. Next, answer all questions and select Complete Questions and Continue at the bottom of the page.
  7. Add saved Payment Method and enter your payment information. Please note: You will not be charged the registration fee until your contract is approved, usually in 2-3 days. Then, select Complete Registration.
  8. You will be led to a confirmation page. If you wish to register for non-school days at this time, select Register for Non School Days. Non-school days will be approved closer to the non-school day dates. You may also register another child for Explorers/Junior Explorers Club from this page.
  9. You will receive an email confirming your schedule and notifying you that your contract is waiting for review. Once our staff has approved the schedule, you will receive another email with a confirmation. Please note: During the school year, you may change your schedule at any time; however, changes must be made at least five school days before the effected change date and are accepted on a space available basis.

What happens if I miss a Junior Explorers Club registration deadline?

Junior Explorers Club publicizes registration deadlines in a number of ways (district emails, website, at Junior Explorers Club sites, etc.). Please note that students registering after the deadline will not be able to begin until required staffing is in place.

The 2017-2018 Explorers Club Registration Deadline is on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at midnight.

If you register after the registration deadline, your child can begin Explorers Club as soon as we have hired enough staff to keep to our student:staff ratio. We will keep you informed on the exact start date.

Please call the Explorers Club Enrollment and Billing Department at 952-401-6832 for more information.

Can my child attend Junior Explorers Club on a day not regularly scheduled (add-a-day)?

Currently enrolled Junior Explorers Club children have the option of attending on days for which they are not currently enrolled. Care is available on a space available basis. Requests must be made to the site supervisor at least 24 hours in advance. A cancellation of an Add-a-Day must be received with a 24-hour notice or charges will apply. Please call your child’s site with your request.

Junior Explorers Club Site Phone Number: 952-401-6825

How do I change my child’s Junior Explorers Club schedule?

Families can make request a change in their child’s schedule at any time via Eleyo. Please remember that five business days are required to make a schedule change.

Please note: Eleyo refers to a student’s schedule as their “Student Contract.”

  1. Log on to www.minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please note: Eleyo works best when using the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Select Explore All Programs.
  3. Select View Your Dashboard.
  4. Under Your Accounts, select your Explorers Club Child Care account.
  5. Under Current and Upcoming Contracts, select your current contract.
  6. Select Change Schedule.
  7. Select your new schedule and select Submit Contract Schedule Changes.

If you are looking to Add-a-Day, that can be done by calling the Junior Explorers Club office directly at 952-401-6825.

Payment Questions

How much does Junior Explorers Club cost?

School year Junior Explorers Club (ages 3-5)

Minnetonka Community Education CenterDailyAdd-a-day
Half day a.m. (6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)$28.35$29.35
Half day p.m. (noon-6 p.m.)$28.35$29.35
Full day (6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)$51.00$53.00


School year Junior Explorers for Minnetonka Preschool (ages 3-5)

Minnetonka Community Education CenterDailyAdd-a-day
Before a.m. preschool (6:30-9 a.m.)$13.40$14.40
After p.m. preschool (3-6 p.m.)$13.40$14.40
Opposite preschool
(6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 11:15 a.m.-6 p.m.)
$28.35$29.35
Full day (6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)$51.00$53.00

Minnetonka Explorers Club does not offer financial assistance. However, the county in which you live offers ongoing financial assistance to those that qualify. Please contact the Explorers Club office at 952-401-6838 for more information.

Is tuition assistance available for Junior Explorers Club?

Minnetonka Junior Explorers Club does not offer financial assistance. However, there is ongoing financial assistance through your county to those that qualify. Please contact the Explorers Club office at 952-401-6838 for more information.

How does billing work for Junior Explorers Club?

Fees are charged based on the days and program components you registered for, not on attendance (see prolonged illness for exceptions). You will not receive credit for late arrival or early pick-up, nor when children leave Junior Explorers Club to participate in other activities.

An email will be sent (after each month of service) when invoices are ready to be viewed online. The monthly fees will be charged to the Visa/MasterCard/Discover or checking/savings account we have on file. Charges will be processed on the 15th of each month.

A $15 fee will be added to your account if your payment method is declined for any reason. Please notify billing and enrollment or update your account online if there are any changes to your account. Past due accounts will be sent to collections and may incur legal fees.

Year-end payment summaries can be accessed online. Our Federal Tax Identification number is 41-6001402. This number is the number you need to complete your childcare expense forms.

If you are enrolled with your employer in a Flex Benefit Plan, forms will be signed only after payment has been received. Please contact Billing and Enrollment if you have any questions.

Junior Explorers Club does not offer scholarships. Financial assistance may be available to qualifying families through the county in which you live. Please contact the Junior Explorers Club Enrollment and Billing Department at 952-401-6838 for additional information.

How do I make a payment for Junior Explorers Club?

Families can make a payment at any time to their Junior Explorers Account.

  1. Log in to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please note: Eleyo works best when using the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Select Explore All Programs.
  3. Select View Your Dashboard.
  4. Under Your Accounts, select your current Junior Explorers Club Child Care account.
  5. Under Latest Invoice, select Pay.

How do I update my auto pay for Junior Explorers Club?

Explorers Club families can go into their Eleyo account at any time and update their auto payments on file.

  1. Log into your Eleyo Account at http://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please note: Eleyo works best when using the Google Chrome browser.
  2. At the upper right corner, select Explore All Programs.
  3. Select View Your Dashboard on the upper right side.
  4. Under Your Accounts, select your current Junior Explorers Club Child Care account.
  5. On your account page, scroll down to Auto Payments.
  6. Select Choose a Different Payment Method.
  7. Select Add Saved Payment Method, enter your information, and select Save the Payment Method.
  8. Select the new saved payment method from the left side and select Use Selected Payment Method.

Is there credit for illness or absence from Junior Explorers?

If your child will not be attending the program because of a scheduled appointment, or other planned absence, please call your site number below and leave a message. Please remember to call Junior Explorers Club before his/her normal arrival time.

Junior Explorers Club Site Phone Number: 952-401-6825

Illness or Emergency

If your child becomes ill while at Explorers, you will be contacted and asked to pick them up within one hour. We will try to provide your child with a quiet area to rest until you arrive. School district policy requires that children have no fever, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning. Please contact us if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease so we can alert all families that their child may have been exposed.

In the event of an emergency, parents will be notified as soon as possible. If the parents cannot be reached, we will call the person you have indicated for us to call. If necessary, children will be transported to Methodist Hospital by a local emergency unit for treatment. The child will be transported at the parents’ expense. Children who receive minor injuries will be given first-aid and parents will be notified. All staff are trained in emergency first-aid procedures.

Prolonged Illness

If you know your child will be out sick for several days; please notify the site supervisor and billing and enrollment as soon as possible. If the child is absent from the program due to illness or accident, we require payment as follows:

  • One day or two consecutive contracted days = full tuition rate
  • Three consecutive contracted days = 50% of daily rate
  • Four or more consecutive contracted days = 25% of daily rate

Your child’s place will be held. Account adjustments will appear on the monthly invoice.

Vacations and other Plans

If you know your child will be on vacation, at a play date, has a doctor appointment, or will be gone for any reason, please notify your Explorers Club site supervisor with the dates that s/he will be gone. There is no credit for missing regularly scheduled days of Explorers Club. However, you will not incur the additional $10 child search fee.

Can I get copies of previous invoices for my childcare reimbursement plan?

Junior Explorers Club families can log into their Eleyo account at any time and download previous invoices. If you need signatures for Reimbursement Plans, please contact the Explorers Club office at 952-401-6832.

How to view and download invoices:

  1. Log into to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please Note: Eleyo works best when using the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Explore All Programs
  3. Select View Your Dashboard in the upper right corner
  4. Under Your Accounts, select your current Explorers Club Child Care account.
  5. Under Account Management, select View under Latest Invoice. From there, you are able to view previous invoices and print them. You will see the Tax ID on downloaded invoices.

Can I get a year-end summary of my Explorers Club payments?

Junior Explorers Club families can log into their Eleyo account at any time and download year-end statements.

Procedure to view/print Year End Payment Summary:

  1. Log in to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com
  2. Select Explore All Programs
  3. Select View Your Dashboard
  4. Under Your Accounts, select your current Explorers Club Child Care account
  5. Under Account Management, select Download Tax Information
  6. Download, view and/or print your year-end statement. The Federal Tax ID Number will be on your downloaded year-end statement.

Program Questions

Where is Junior Explorers Club located?

During the school year, Junior Explorers Club is located in the Minnetonka Community Education Center at 4584 Vine Hill Road in Excelsior.

During Summer 2017, Junior Explorers Club will be located at one of the three elementary schools:

  • Clear Springs Elementary
  • Deephaven Elementary
  • Excelsior Elementary

Is Junior Explorers Club an accredited childcare program?

Junior Explorers Club is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Junior Explorers Club has been awarded the Parent Aware Four Star Rating.

How will Junior Explorers Club teachers communicate with me regarding my child’s progress?

Calendars and newsletters will be emailed to families, posted in the classroom and posted on the website. Conferences with your child’s teachers are held in the fall and spring and offer opportunities for you to ask questions and learn more about your child’s social and emotional growth and development. Teachers update parents throughout the day using the Precious Status Software Program. Junior Explorers Club uses Creative Curriculum Assessments.

Will the Junior Explorers children be taking naps?

Our day will include a 30-minute body break each day after lunch. Children may nap longer, if needed.

Will the Junior Explorers Club children receive assistance in the bathroom, if needed?

Children must be toilet trained to enroll in Junior Explorers. We define toilet trained as having the ability to let an adult know that they need to use the bathroom, pulling pants up/down, wiping independently and cleaning hands after using the toilet. Our staff will encourage children if needed. Parents are encouraged to provide a change of clothing in case of accidents.

Can my Junior Explorers Club child ride the bus to and from school?

District transportation is not provided for Junior Explorers Club children.

How does the lunch program work for my Junior Explorers Club child?

  • School lunch is available for purchase with advance notice.
  • Lunch menus will be emailed out monthly and are available at the site and posted at on the Nutrition Services website.
  • Indicate on the menu the days that your child will be purchasing the school lunch.
  • Children may bring a bag lunch.
  • Milk is available for purchase.
  • A Nutrition Services packet will be given to you the day your child starts that will provide information on how to set up your online lunch account.

Will my child have a snack at Junior Explorers Club?

  • A breakfast snack is provided for morning Junior Explorers Club.
  • Healthy after school snacks are provided by Nutrition Services. This may include fruits or fruit juice, crackers, cheese sticks, vegetable sticks, etc.
  • Snack menus are posted on the Nutrition Services website and are posted at each Explorers Club site.

Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy, parents must bring your child’s Allergy Action Plan, a Medical Release form and their medications to the site on their first day. Explorers Club uses Nutrition Services and some processed snacks may include cross contamination at the manufacturing site. Please call Nutrition Services for additional information for Explorers Club snack options or encourage your child to always choose the fresh fruit option.

How does Junior Explorers Club handle children with food allergies?

If your child has a food allergy, parents must bring your child’s Allergy Action Plan, a Medical Release form and their medications to the site on their first day. Junior Explorers Club uses Nutrition Services and some processed snacks may include cross contamination at the manufacturing site. Please call Nutrition Services for additional information for Explorers Club snack options or encourage your child to always choose the fresh fruit option.

Is Junior Explorers Club in session on non-school days?

Junior Explorers Club is offered on most school/preschool release days from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. These days offer a variety of activities and field trips. These days have a separate registration to accommodate individual family’s schedule needs. Any Non-School Day is taken out of the regular Junior Explorers Club calendar for billing purposes and families that register for Non-School Days will be billed the daily Non-School Day rate.

How to register for non-school days on Eleyo:

  1. Log-in to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please note: Eleyo works best in Google Chrome Browser
  2. Explore All Programs
  3. Select Explorers Club Childcare
  4. Select Register for Non-School Days
  5. Choose the Attending Child and click on Continue
  6. Select the school year (under Choose Season) that you are registering for and click continue
  7. Select your Non-School Days or Late Start/Early Release Day and click continue. Please note: Eleyo denotes whether it is a non-school day or a Late Start/Early Release Day on the next screen.
  8. Select the Location your Child Attends Explorers on a Daily Basis from the drop down menu for each date.

How to confirm/remove non-school days:

  1. Log-in to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com. Please note: Eleyo works best in Google Chrome Browser
  2. Explore All Programs
  3. Select Explorers Club Childcare
  4. Select Current and Upcoming Contracts and click on your child’s contract
  5. Scroll down to Non-school Days

As long as they are still pending they can be removed. If they have been accepted, you will not see a “Remove” option and will need to call 952-401-6838 to have them removed as long as it is before the cancellation deadline.

Please note: You will not be charged the regular rate for any day that a student is regularly scheduled to attend that is also a non-school day. The system cannot take more than 1 daily rate and the non-school day rate overrides the regular rate. Therefore, a student has to register for that day in order to be able to attend (and charged the rate).

Download Non-School Day Information
(including dates and deadlines)

Does my child need an Explorers Club t-shirt?

Each child will receive a Junior Explorers Club t-shirt, which is required on field trips. Additional shirts can be purchased for $10. If your child forgets their t-shirt on a field trip day, a new one will be provided and a $10 charge will appear on your next invoice. T-shirts should be labeled with the child’s name.

Do I need to notify Junior Explorers Club if my child will miss a regularly scheduled Junior Explorers Club day?

If your child will not be attending the program because of a scheduled appointment, or other planned absence, please call your Junior Explorers Club site number below and leave a message. Please also call Junior Explorers Club before his/her normal arrival time.

Junior Explorers Club Phone Number: 952-401-6825

Prolonged Illness

If you know your child will be out sick for several days; please notify the site supervisor and Billing and Enrollment as soon as possible. If the child is absent from the program due to illness or accident, we require payment as follows:

  • One day or two consecutive days = full tuition rate
  • Three consecutive days = 50% of daily rate
  • Four or more consecutive days = 25% of daily rate

Your child’s place will be held. Account adjustments will appear on the monthly invoice.

Vacations and other Plans

If you know your child will be on vacation, at a play date, has a doctor appointment, or will be gone for any reason, please notify your Junior Explorers Club site supervisor with the dates that s/he will be gone. There is no credit for missing regularly scheduled days of Junior Explorers Club.

What is your security system for parent/child pick-up?

Signing In and Out

  • For your child’s safety, we require that you or an authorized adult sign your child in and out of the program daily.
  • If you arrive when the group is away from the sign-in area, you are responsible for escorting your child to join the group.
  • Sign your child in upon arrival and be sure that a staff person is aware of your child’s arrival before you leave the site.
  • If you are going to be away from your place of work for the day, be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached in case you are needed for a medical emergency.

Release of Children

  • Your child will be released only to people listed as Alternative Pick-Ups. Staff are required to ask for identification from anyone unfamiliar attempting to pick up a child. If an unauthorized person attempts to pick up your child, you will be contacted. If you can’t be reached, your child will be held until you or your emergency contact person arrives. Please notify the Explorers office in writing if you want to authorize additional adults to pick up your child.
  • We will release a child to either parent unless we have a written restraining order and/or a court order document which clearly states a parent is not to have contact with a child.

Late Pick-Up

  • Explorers Club closes at 6 p.m. All children must be picked up no later than 6 p.m. according to the time on the iPad at the sign-out table. If an emergency delays you and you are going to be late picking up your child, make plans for someone you have designated as an ALTERNATE PICK UP person to pick up your child on time, and call the program staff immediately.

In the event that your child is still at the program after closing and we have not heard from you, we will take the following steps (in order):

  1. Attempt to reach you on your home, work or cell phone number.
  2. Call the people you listed as authorized to pick up your child.
  3. If you are more than 30 minutes late, the police will be contacted for assistance.

A late fee of $10 is charged for each five minutes (or portion thereof) that parents are late picking up a child. After the third instance, childcare services may be suspended or terminated.

What if I am unable to pick up my child by 6 p.m.?

Junior Explorers Club closes at 6 p.m. All children must be picked up no later than 6 p.m. according to the time on the iPad at the sign out table. If an emergency delays you and you are going to be late picking up your child, make plans for someone you have designated as an Authorized Pick Up Person to pick up your child on time, and call the program staff immediately.

In the event that your child is still at the program after closing and we have not heard from you, we will take the following steps (in order):

  1. Attempt to reach you on your home, work or cell phone number.
  2. Call the people you listed as authorized to pick up your child.
  3. If you are more than 30 minutes late, the police will be contacted for assistance.

A late fee of $10 is charged for each five minutes (or portion thereof) that parents are late picking up a child. Repeat instances may result in suspended childcare services.

How do I authorize new people to pick my child up from Explorers?

From your computer:

1.Login to your Eleyo account at https://minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com
2.Explore All Programs
3.Select Explorers Club Child Care
4.Select Account Management
5.Select Managed Authorized Pickups
6.Select Add Authorized Pickup
7.Save Authorized Pickup to save their information
8.To remove an Authorized Pickup, select the red button on the right side of their information.




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Please note there is a $35 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.


Contact

Susie Gillespie
Program Manager
(952) 401-6824

Minnetonka Community Education Center
4584 Vine Hill Road
Deephaven, MN 55331

Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays

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