Waconia Kids Company

April Newsletter
April Newsletter - University Child Development
2021 Summer and 2021-22 School Year Registration Information

Summer 2021 Registration: Registration is open and will close on May 28th

School year 2021/2022 Registration: Registration is open and will close on August 13th
Please remember if your child is ill to keep them at home.  Sharing any COVID -19 concerns with us will help us keep everyone safe.  As communicated by the school our district has a COVID -19 team that helps all departments and families navigate their way through COVID-19 concerns.  As we are all aware of COVID-19 symptoms mirror many other illnesses.   If your child is excluded due to COVID-19 symptoms but you feel it is due to another illness it is recommended you have them see your physician.  If your child is diagnosed with something besides COVID-19 their exclusion would be adjusted based on the new diagnosis.  Also please have a pick up plan if your child needs to be picked up due to illness.  Your plan should enable your child to be picked up in less than 30 minutes.

Please remember to notify Kids' Company if your child/ren have been sent home from school as well as any days after. The schools do not notify Kids' Company of any absences that happen during the school day. 
Highlighted Staff of the Month!





These staff members above are being recognized for going above and beyond their regular duties here at Kids' Company! They have all been an outstanding employee this past month. We are extremely grateful for all of them! 

April 2: Non-school day Kids Co will be located at Laketown Elementary 

April 5th: School and Kids CO is Closed

*** If your child/ren will NOT be attending the School Closure Days you will be charged your regular contracted rate for the School Closure days that are the same as your contracted days. In order to NOT be charged you will have to contact Patty Karels - and request a COMP DAY. ***

What to pack for Distance Learning and Non-School Days:
- Morning Snack
- Home Lunch
- Afternoon Snack
- Even though we do not have a designated homework time, your child is welcome to bring their homework and work on it during free time. 
- Outside Gear (Jacket, Snow pants, Boots, Hat, Gloves)
All students will be going outside as long as the weather is above zero degrees and is not raining. 


If your schedule has changed and you no longer need care during the School Closure days please let your site lead know ASAP

This month we will be focusing I things that are changing around us outside…..
April 5th-9th Spring Animals:
                 There is NO KIDS’COMPANY April 5th, but starting on the 6th we will be talking about the animals that start coming back as the weather warms up.  We will  learn about Frogs, Caterpillars, butterflies and birds.  Our Social Skills lessons will be about Smart Guess, we will use our eyes and minds to make smart guesses and wacky guesses, with the clues around us.  Letter B   Number 15 
April 12th –16th Pet Week:
This week we will talk about pets such as geckos, cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, hermit crabs and any other pets the children may have or wish they could have.    Our Social Skills lessons will be about Expected and Unexpected behaviors, we will look at examples of both and how we react to them.  Letter D  Number 16 
April 19th—23rd  Earth week:
The Earth is a very important place and we will focus on how to c=keep it clean and healthy. We will talk about  Littering, how plants grow, conserving water/energy, protecting animals and much more.  We will also be planning our plants this week and watch them grow. Our Social Skills lessons will continue to be about Expected and Unexpected behaviors.  Letter J  Number 17 
April 26th-30th  Insects and Bugs:
Creepy crawling bugs and insects are a favorite for many preschoolers.  We will talk about ants, worms, beetles, spiders  and many more during this week.  We will take a trip or two outside to find a few of these amazing insects and bugs.  Out Social Skills lesson this week will be about Hidden Rules, we will learn how to identify rules that we may not have been told but can figure out due to our surroundings.   Letter P   Number 18 

Please call or text with child’s name 763-458-5217 when you arrive for drop off or pick up and a staff will come to the door

If your child/ren will not be attending Kids´ Company during a contracted day please call 952-442-0614 or email to let us know.

Please remember that all morning drop offs will be at the art room doors and all after school pick ups will be at door #15 off of the bus lanes.

Drop off: With the weather warming up we will be going back to our original drop off location of entering though the cafeteria door number 13 down the hill. 

pick up: You can park in the parking lot. 
Then you will need to walk down the hill towards the playground. We will be using the door that goes directly into the cafeteria. That is door number 13.


Drop off: We will use the doors on the north side of the building that goes directly into the cafeteria door number 12.
You may park in the parking lot as long as you arrive by 8:15 am.

Pick up: We will use the doors on the north side of the building that goes directly into the cafeteria door number 12.
You may park in the parking lot as long as you arrive after  2:40 pm.
Childcare options on Distant Learning days through Kids' Company

As directed by the Governor, we need to prioritize who we offer childcare to on distant learning days.  At this time Waconia Elementary Schools will have one distant learning day a month. 

How will prioritizing work?
All registrations are time stamped when received.
We will first confirm registrations of families that qualify and are confirmed as critical workers
We then will confirm the remaining spots with the families that have registered using the registration time stamp

What families qualify for critical worker statues

If you are a two parent household both parents will need to be critical works and supply documentation.  If you are a single parent household then that one parent needs to be a critical worker and documentation will need to be provided.  In both scenarios Kids' Company needs to be your only option as no one is home to care for your child.   

Who are critical workers
Please use this link and reference page 113 for the list of who qualifies as critical workers

How do you get your critical worker statues confirmed with Kids' Company 
On or before you submit your registration for Kids' Company, you will need to email your documentation to Patricia Karels at
You must provide a letter from your employer stating your position and their contact information. During your registration you will be asked if you are claiming critical worker status.  Please understand that you will not receive this statues just by clicking the box.  You will need to submit your documentation to Patty no later then the day you submit your registration.  We will not be following up with families that click critical worker statues on their registration but do not turn in their documentation.  Once Patty receives your documentation she will confirm if you meet the criteria.

Location of care
We will be at Southview elementary 

Hours of care
6:00 am - 6:15 pm

What to bring
Two snacks and a bag lunch
Clothes that are appropriate to be outside in
Labeled water bottle

Will distant learning be done while children are at Kids' Company?
Since this day is a planning day for teachers students will not have zoom meetings and will only be assigned homework.  Since homework can be done at any time during the day Kids' Company will not be having homework time on this day.  

Cost for critical workers
Care for critical workers is free from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Care before 8:30 am is $10.00
Care after 2:30 pm is $17.00

Cost for non critical workers
Care between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:15 pm is $45.00
We are excited to have the weather starting to get warm and the sun coming out more! With that being said this also means having more mud. Please send these things with your child everyday:

Extra masks(when the old one gets wet/dirty)

Extra socks

Extra shoes or boots 
Don't forget to like Kids Co on Facebook to see any important updates and all the photos from day to day projects and fun activities your children enjoy while at Kids CO! Below is the link to our Facebook Page
Waconia Kids' Company Facebook Page Waconia Kids' Company Facebook Page
Who to contact when your child will not be at Kids CO!

Southview Site- 952-442-0627
Site Lead-Yanet Rosales

Bayview Site- 952-442-0614
Site Lead- Ashlie Scheuble

Laketown Site-952-442-0667
Site Lead- Ashley Karels

WEC Site- 952-442-0649
Site Leads- Rhonda Bjerke/Sierrah Bjerke

Requesting a comp day please contact Patty Karels

Year End Tax Report for Kids Company~ How to Access

Go to:

Click on the “My Account” tab

Enter your home phone number and password

Click the "Documents" link from the toolbar.

From there, simply select the tax year you wish to view and print.

All family members who share the same Family ID number and were registered for Kids’ Company will be on the same report.

Kids' Company billing is on a contract basis. You are charged your contract rate everyday Kids Company is open NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SCHOOL CLOSING. 

Comp days are for contracted days that your child does not attend, but you do not want to pay your contracted rate for that day. You may also use Comp days for Non-school days!

If you have any questions about billing please contact Patty at:

If School closes due to the snow then Kids Co will also close and you will not be charged for that day.

If school calls a two hour delay before 6 am  Kids Co will do the same and open at 8 AM.

If school closes 2 hours early then Kids Co sites will let you know ASAP if Kids CO will close 2 hours earlier than normal schedule.

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