Register for School Year Kids' SAFARI

Kids' SAFARI Registration


We're Hiring!

The Kids' SAFARI and Preschool SAFARI child care programs have multiple part-time positions available for activity assistants and inclusion staff.  We start hiring at age 16 - great for high school and college students. Get paid to play, and join our team!

About Kids' SAFARI

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 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 Family Handbook



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

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Please refer to the following documents for 2022-23 Kids' SAFARI Rates, Calendar, and Non-School Day Information.

Rates                                       Calendar                               Non-School Days


Preschool SAFARI

Bloomington Early Learning Services preschool program is committed to preparing your child for success in kindergarten and beyond!

Preschool SAFARI is designed for families who desire an early learning education experience with a childcare component available. The program includes a licensed preschool teacher providing preschool instruction for 2.5 hours during the day along with a paraprofessional. Care is available before and after the instruction time.

Preschool SAFARI FAQs

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open.

Families will register for the preschool portion separately from the care times. The chart below has information on rates and sites. 

2022-2023 Bloomington Early Learning Services Preschool SAFARI


Normandale Hills Elementary
Poplar Bridge Elementary

Westwood Elementary Hillcrest Community School
Program Preschool SAFARI - AM & PM Preschool SAFARI - AM Preschool SAFARI - PM
As of Sept. 1, 2022
Mixed Age:
3 & 4 Year-old
Mixed Age:
3 & 4 Year-old
Mixed Age:
3 & 4 Year-old
Days of Week Monday - Friday Monday - Friday Monday - Friday
Class Times AM Class: 9:05 - 11:35 a.m.
PM Class: 12:45 - 3:15 p.m.
AM: 9:05 - 11:35 a.m. PM: 12:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Tuition Cost Sliding Fee Scale Sliding Fee Scale Sliding Fee Scale
Early Childhood Special
Education (ECSE) Services
No Yes Yes
Transportation Available No ECSE transportation provided during the Preschool class portion of the day on a case-by-case basis ECSE transportation provided during the Preschool class portion of the day on a case-by-case basis
Before Care Hours & Fees AM Class: 6:30 - 9:05 a.m. $15/day
PM Class: 6:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. $25/day
6:30 - 9:05 a.m. $15/day 6:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. $25/day
After Care Hours
& Fees
AM Class: 11:35 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. $25/day
PM Class: 3:15 - 6:00 p.m. $15/day
11:35 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. $25/day 3:15 - 6:00 p.m. $15/day

For more information/questions regarding the curriculum class time, please contact Early Learning Services at 952-681-6212.

For more information/questions regarding the childcare time, please contact the Kids' SAFARI administrative office at 952-681-6128.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration dates for the 2022-2023 Preschool SAFARI are as follows:

  • Jan. 10, 2022 at 8 a.m. - Priority Registration begins for families with children in a Bloomington Public School's Preschool Program in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Jan. 24, 2022 at 8 a.m. - Registration is open to the public.

Once on the registration site, follow these steps:

  1. Select Explore All Programs.
  2. Select Preschool SAFARI on the left side in blue.
  3. Select Registration (middle, in blue)
  4. Select Create Account.
  5. Once Preschool SAFARI registration is complete, you can select Explore All, then Preschool SAFARI Care to select the before and/or after care. 

Preschool SAFARI Registration


Rates                     Calendar               Non-School Day