Preschool Stay & Explore Extended-Day Options

Extend your child's half-day Kaleidoscope Preschool session.

Stay & Explore Preschool Extended-Day Options: 4- to 5-year-olds

COVID-19 UPDATES: Distance Learning begins.

Distance Learning begins on Monday, April 6 for ECFE and Preschool Families, while our buildings remain closed. 

Find Early Childhood Distance Learning Plans here for ECFE and Preschool on our Distance Learning site here.

You can always find a link to the Distance Learning site on our District home page at, click the Distance Learning tile.

Child care for parents who are first responders and healthcare workers is available, register here.

YMCA is providing childcare for first responders on a first come/first served basis:

MNCOVIDSitters is providing care for families of health care workers:

Refund information:

Kids & Company, Stepping Stones Preschool, Kaleidoscope Preschool, and Stay & Explore will be refunding families for the days of March 16-April 3, 2020.

These programs will not be invoicing for April at this time. When invoicing does occur, a reduced rate will be offered to families depending on the length of the closure.

Distance learning will be provided for Kaleidoscope Preschool and Stepping Stones programs beginning April 6 and continuing until further notice.


Register for 20-21 Extended Day Options

Scroll down to see the 20-21 options.
A confirmed Kaleidoscope registration is required to register for Stay & Explore.

Add extended-day options to your child's half-day Kaleidoscope Preschool session

Stay & Explore extended-day options are available for 4- and 5-year-olds enrolled in a Kaleidoscope Preschool section at Eisenhower, Gatewood, Harley, and Meadowbrook. Create up to a full-day schedule at select sites!

With Stay & Explore, your child will enjoy the same learning and social experiences found in our preschool program and you will appreciate the flexibility of extending your child's school day to fit your needs.

How to enroll in Stay & Explore

First, register your child in a Kaleidoscope Preschool class. When you receive an email confirmation of your child's placement in a Kaleidoscope section, you may then register for Stay & Explore to create a custom schedule. Options vary by site. Check our registration site for details of your site's Stay & Explore options. You must choose a consistent schedule in Stay & Explore. Drop-in care is not available.

Have questions or need help registering? Please call 952-988-4342. or 952-988-5004

Or, email the preschool enrollment office at

We care about your child and their achievement! Therefore, we ask you to try to limit your child's Stepping Stones and Stay & Explore day to 9 hours. If your child needs to be in our care longer than 9 hours, please talk to your child's teachers about strategies for success.

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Stay & Explore Options Chart (pdf, 104 KB)

Stay & Explore Options Chart. Fees are subject to change.

Calendar: Stay and Explore 2019-20 (pdf, 62 KB)

Click here for the Stay & Explore calendar for 2019-20, including bag lunch days, optional contract days, and parent events (for Gatewood, Eisenhower, Meadowbrook, and Alice Smith)