Explorers

Explorers will be closed throughout the District's school closure. However, the District will provide childcare for district families with parents who are emergency and healthcare workers and who are critical to the State's response to COVID-19.

  • Parents of children ages three through Grade 5 are asked to complete this form if they qualify for this need and are seeking Explorers childcare.
  • Our hours of operation will be 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at a limited number of sites.
  • Responses must be received by 8:00 p.m. the night before care is required.
  • Emergency child care will continue to be provided over Spring Break.

For more information, please visit the Districts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan webpage

Junior Explorers and Explorers are high quality childcare programs for children, ages three through fifth grade (school year) and ages 4 through fifth grade (summer). At Explorers, we provide children opportunities to learn through a wide variety of activities such as art, music, science projects, cooking, games, writing, reading, crafts, outdoor play, computers, practicing social skills, gym time, dramatic play, and much more! There is a balance of activity options that includes large group, small group, and individual choices.
 
Minnetonka Community Education Explorers programs are NAEYC Accredited and are 4-Star Rated by Minnesota Childcare Agencies. In addition, all six of our elementary programs have earned accreditation through MnSACA MAAP.

school year Site Contacts

Clear Springs
Steve Gackstetter
Before School: 6:30 - 8:40 a.m.
After School: 3:20 - 6 p.m.
952-401-6975

Excelsior
Lisa Wermerskirchen
Before School: 6:30 - 8 a.m.
After School: 2:40 - 6 p.m.
952-401-5631

Groveland
Susie Wolter
Before School: 6:30 - 8:40 a.m.
After School: 3:20 - 6 p.m.
952-401-5582

Scenic Heights
Cody Hallahan
Before School: 6:30 - 8:40 a.m.
After School: 3:20 - 6 p.m.
952-401-5464

Deephaven
Kathleen Frazier
Before School: 6:30 - 8 a.m.
After School: 2:40 - 6 p.m.
952-401-6917

Minnetonka Community Education Center
Sarah Davis and Brenda Broveleit
Junior/Kindergarten Program: 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
952-401-6825

Minnewashta
Shelby Rue
Before School: 6:30 - 8:40 a.m.
After School: 3:20 - 6 p.m.
952-401-5481

 

 

 

 

Administrative Contacts

Explorers Program Manager
Molly Bahneman
952-401-6824

Explorers Specialist
Becca Mills
952-401-4159

Youth Programs Coordinator
Jenny Bodurka
952-401-6818

Explorers Billing & Enrollment
Julia Seper
952-401-6832

Junior Explorers Billing & Enrollment
Mary Hall
952-401-6838

 

 

 
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K-5 Explorers: Please note that there is a $45 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.

Summer Explorers: Please note that there is a $45 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.

Junior Explorers: Please note there is a $200 fee due at the time of registration approval. $75 of this fee is a non-refundable registration fee. The remaining $125 is a deposit for care that will be applied to your first months invoice as a credit.

  • Families can remove their contract and receive their $125 deposit for care in return if they cancel their approved contract by Tuesday, April 7 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Families can remove their contract and receive a partial refund for the deposit for care of $75 if they cancel their approved contract by Tuesday, June 16 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Families removing their contract after Tuesday, June 16 will forfeit the entire $125 deposit for care.

Contact

Molly Bahneman
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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