Kids' SAFARI Before and After School Care

Kids' SAFARI will be offered at all ten elementary schools once the traditional model begins. Please note: childcare sites may be combined due to low registration numbers or staffing issues. 

Childcare for children in grades 3-6 currently enrolled in distance learning will be offered January 19-29 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Valley View Middle School.

Effective Feb. 1 childcare will no longer be offered for students in distance learning grades K-5, including children of Tier 1 workers.


Registration begins January 4 for before and/or after school care once we return to the traditional model. 

  • Grades K-2: Care start date is January 19 

  • Grades 3-5: Care start date is February 1

Registration Link:

Fees: $12 for before-school care ($12.50 @ Hillcrest)

           $12 for after-school care ($11.50 @ Hillcrest) 

Hours: 6:30 a.m. until school day begins

            End of school day until 6 p.m.

Kids' SAFARI is a before-and after-school childcare program for children in kindergarten through grade 5, offering enrichment opportunities designed to meet the changing needs of children and families. The program includes creative learning experiences designed to increase social interaction and lead children to discover friendship, independence and confidence.

Kids' SAFARI is fee-based and available at all Bloomington elementary schools. Kids' SAFARI accepts all students residing in or attending an elementary school in Bloomington.

During the school year, Kids' SAFARI provides programming for students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5. During the summer, Kids' SAFARI provides full-day programming for students entering kindergarten through the completion of grade 5.

Kids' SAFARI is administered by Bloomington Community Education's Youth and Family Department.


Kids' SAFARI is looking for activity assistants and inclusion staff. Get paid to play and join our team.

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Information regarding Summer 2021 Childcare will be posted soon.



Early Learners Academy

ELA will be offered at two locations when the district shifts to the traditional model January 19.

Hillcrest Community School

9301 Thomas Rd., Bloomington, MN 55431

Poplar Bridge Elementary School

8401 Palmer Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55437

Fee: $263/week

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

ELA billing and registration staff will reach out to families that were enrolled prior to 11/20/2020 to re-enroll the students. 

With questions email or call 952-681-6128.

About Early Learners Academy

Early Learners Academy is an all-day early education program for children ages 3-5 that focuses on preparing them for kindergarten. Early Learners Academy is located within several Bloomington elementary schools.  Check for updates on current locations.

Children learn language, early literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health and safety, personal and physical development and technology.  Instructors also use foundational manipulative math experiences and assess student's growth using the Minnesota Department of Education's "Early Childhood Indicators of Progress" state standards.

Each classroom maintains a teacher-student ratio of 1:10. No more than 20 students are admitted into each classroom.

Highly Qualified Staff

All instructors hold a teaching license in elementary education or meet the qualifications required for Licensure by the MN Dept. of Human Services.

High Parent Satisfaction

Each year, ELA conducts a parent satisfaction survey, 10 out of 10 parents say they would recommend the program to others.

We encourage families, who wish to begin an early relationship with Bloomington Public Schools, to explore this opportunity. Early Learners Academy is a 10-month program. Participants have the opportunity to join Early Camp SAFARI during the summer.

Enrollment Requirements

Each student must be three-years-old and toilet trained by Sept. 1.


ELA Online Account Management

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is closed.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Once on the registration site, select Explore All Programs, then Early Learners Academy (left side on screen, in blue). Select Registration (middle, in blue), then Create Account.

ELA Registration

Have questions regarding Early Learners Academy? Take a look at our FAQS sheet.

Early Learners Academy FAQs