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OK Kids

School-Age Child Care (K-5)

Monday – Friday (6:30 am – 6 pm)


The Orono Kare for Kids (OK Kids) program is offered by the the Community Education department of Orono Schools to meet the unique learning and care needs of school-age children. Before and/or after school child care is available during the school year. Full-day child care is offered on most non-school days for currently contracted families only. Our teaching staff works to meet the social needs of each child and support his/her success in school.


Katie Gram, Site Coordinator

Registration/Eleyo Information → “Explore All Programs” → “OK Kids” → “Registration”

OK Kids is FULL for School Year 2019-20!

School Year Pricing (per day)

Pricing begins September 1, 2019

Before or After School, $18

Before and After School, $26

Non-School Day (separate registration), $40

Prekindergarten Academy Part-Time, 9 am – 3 pm, $40

Prekindergarten Academy Full-Time, $50

Other Fees

Schedule Change, $10

Finder’s Fee (staff having to look for your child after school if you do not call/email), $5

Late Non-School Day Registration, $5

Late Pickup (1 – 9 minutes), $10

Late Pickup (10 – 15 minutes), $15

Late Pickup (16 – 30 minutes), $20

Late Pickup (31 – 45 minutes), $35

Staff Ratios

1:10 Pre-Kindergarten

1:12 Kindergarten

1:15 Grades 1 – 5

PreKindergarten Academy

Beginning in the fall of 2020, OK Kids will no longer be offering the PreKindergarten Academy option within the School Age Child Care program.  We are referring families that are seeking preschool-age options to the Discovery Center in Maple Plain, which houses the Orono Schools’ Early Learning programs.  

Orono Early Learning programs include:

  • Discovery Kids – educationally-focused child care  
  • Early Learning Preschool – with wrap around care options
  • ECFE – Early Childhood Family Education parent/child classes
With questions call the Discovery Center at 952-746-5896 or email

Summer Care

OK Kids offers 10 weeks of summer fun. There are Friday field trips, many great activities including swimming and weekly in-house field trips. Students enrolled in the summer take part in the Community Education Enrichment Program.

Program includes nutritious snacks and a light breakfast. Inclusive accommodations for children with special needs.


OK Kids is a quality, extended-day child care program located at the Orono Student Center within the Orono School District.

OK Kids is committed to an ongoing program of professional development for each staff member. We promote respect and understanding for individual differences by maintaining a caring and challenging environment that allows freedom of choice, exposure to new experiences and resource people.

Program Goals

  • Supporting working families
  • Designing an environment and curriculum specifically for school-age children
  • Complementing and supporting your child’s school environment
  • Creating a fun family atmosphere
  • Building children’s positive self-esteem and personal skills
  • Maintaining and modeling a nurturing relationship between all individuals
  • Partnering with parents in supporting each child’s development and maturation
  • Complying with all Minnesota guidelines for quality child care under the auspices of the Orono School District Board of Education as a part of the Community Education Department