Explorers - Grades K-5

CLick here to register for 2023-24 School Year K-5 explorers* 

*Registration is on a space available basis

Explorers is a high quality, before-and-after-school childcare program for children, kindergarten to 5th grade. 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.

$100 per child registration fee – non-refundable

Benefits of Explorers

  • Flexible enrollment options including before and/or after school two to five days per week.
  • Extended hours (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to accommodate the schedule of working parents.
  • Full-day programming on non-school days and during the summer.
  • Conveniently located in all our elementary schools. 
  • Low student-to-staff ratios allow staff to give individualized attention to each child.

Types of care available

  • Before and after school: For families who are seeking care beyond school hours. Register for care before school, after school, or both. Both school day options include a nutritious snack.
  • Non-school days: For families who are currently enrolled in the program when school is in session, but also need care on non-school days.
  • Summer: For families seeking care over the summer, when school is not in session.


Parents are asked to enroll their children in Explorers on a consistent schedule, two to five days, at the same increments each week for a minimum of four week. Changes to a family’s schedule must be made in writing at least ten business days 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 per change.

A ten-business day notice is required when withdrawing from Explorers.

Add-a-Day requests require a 24-hour notice and must be made directly to your Site Supervisor.  Add-a-day rates apply.

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K-5 Explorers: Please note that there is a $100 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.

Summer Explorers: Please note that there is a $50 registration fee per child, which is non-refundable.

Junior Explorers: Please note there is a $200 fee due at the time of registration approval. $100 of this fee is a non-refundable registration fee. The remaining $100 is a deposit for care that will be applied to your first months invoice as a credit.


Jeremy Johnson
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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