Kids Connection/Little Kids Connection
400 S. Payne Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Lisa Bauman – Coordinator
Welcome to Kids Connection/Little Kids Connection
Kids Connection is a school-age child care program for students in grades K-6. The program provides quality before and after school care as well as optional all day care on snow days, teacher workshop days, and days prior to or following legal holidays.
The program is intended to assist parents who are unable to be home with their children before the school day begins or when the school day has ended. Kids Connection is meant to be an extension of home where children can feel safe and valued. Children enrolled in the program will participate in a variety of planned and supervised activities including: games, projects, computer time, outdoor/indoor play, and play centers.
Kids Connection is located in the Annex Building for 1st-6th Grade for before and after school care. Kindergarten before school care is at Washington Learning Center and after school care is at the Annex.
2024-2025 Little Kids Connection School Year New Families: January 6
2024 LKC & KC Summer for New Families: February 10
*LKC Summer: Going into Pre-k and Kindergarteners for Fall of 2024
*KC Summer: Going into 1st-6th Grade for Fall of 2024
2024-2025 KC School Year for New Families: March 9
*KC School Year: Kindergarten – 6th Grade for Fall of 2024
Returning Family: A family that was enrolled in the program the previous year.
Example: A family enrolled in Summer 2022 is a returning family for Summer 2023.
Each family must pay a $30.00 registration fee for the program season they are accepted into. This fee is non-refundable: if a family is accepted into the program and withdraws before the program begins – a refund will not be issued. Each programming season (summer & school year) requires a separate registration.
PAYMENT OF FEES
Fees can be paid online via our Eleyo registration and payment website.
SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM
Kids Connection is open Monday through Friday before school from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and after school from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids Connection is open 6:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on most non-school days. Kids Connection has the option to be open when the regular school day is changed due to inclement winter weather. The choice to be open is made by the coordinator and superintendent – with the safety of the employees being a high priority.
Kids Connection’s summer program begins in June. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids 1st-6th Grade for the following school year attend the Annex for Kids Connection.
Little Kids Connection
Little Kids Connection is a wrap-around program offered to any child enrolled in a New Ulm Public Schools preschool. LKC follows the Mother Goose Time Curriculum. We get a new theme monthly. Each month we focis on a new topic, letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more.
LKC is committed to staffing the program with qualified and caring staff. To ensure the safety of the children in the LKC program, all staff must pass a criminal background check and complete CPR & First Aid training.
The staff/child ratio LKC strives to maintain is 1:10 for preschool aged children (3-5 years old). These ratios are set by the State of MN Department of Welfare and the MN Department of Children, Families and Learning along with the National School-Age Care Association.
The fee to attend LKC is $160 a week. Fees can be paid online via our Eleyo registration and payment web site.
2024-2025 School Year for Returning Families: January 1-4
2024-2025 School Year for New Families: January 5
2024 Summer for Returning Families: February 5-9
2024 Summer for New Families: February 10
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