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Spartan Kids

Spartan Kids is a year-round, school-age child care program for students in grades K-5. The school-year hours are Monday - Friday 7 AM - 5:45 PM. The program is located in Orono Intermediate School.

At Spartan Kids, we provide children opportunities to learn through a wide variety of activities such as art, music, science projects, games, writing, reading, crafts, outdoor play, practicing social skills, gym time, dramatic play and much more! There is a balance of activity options that includes large group, small group and individual choices.

Types of Care Available

  • Before and After School: For families who are seeking care beyond school hours. Register for care before school, after school, or both.
  • Non-School Days: For families who are currently enrolled in the program when school is in session, but also need care on non-school days.
  • Summer: For families seeking care over the summer when school is not in session.

Registration → “Explore All Programs” → “Spartan Kids” → “Registration”

2023-24 School Year 
Spartan Kids is currently full for the 2023 - 2024 school year.  
Summer 2024
  • Contract Requests open at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 to ALL families (currently enrolled or new).

    • Create a contract request for PreK (summer before kindergarten) - 5th grade summer childcare. Currently enrolled families will receive priority in creating a contract request from Tuesday, February 27 at 10 AM until Tuesday, March 5 at 10 AM. After this time, contract requests for new families will be approved in order of submission and based on space available from when registration opened on February 27, 2024. If you need care for the Summer 2024, it is highly recommended for currently enrolled and new families to submit a contract request as soon as possible as spots fill up quickly. Contracts will be approved based on space available and current staffing capacities.

    • Registration for Summer 2024 will close for all families on March 27.


Parents are asked to enroll their children in Spartan Kids on a consistent schedule – two to five days, for the same days each week. Changes to a schedule must be requested online (see “How do I change my child’s Spartan Kids schedule?” below for specifics). Requests will be approved on a space–available basis and there will be a $20 fee per child for each change.

Benefits of Spartan Kids

  • Flexible enrollment options including before and/or after school two to five days per week.
  • Extended hours (7 AM – 5:45 PM) to accommodate the schedule of working parents.
  • Full-day programming on non-school days and during the summer.
  • Conveniently located in the Orono Intermediate School.
  • Complementing and supporting your child’s school experience.
  • A fun, family-like atmosphere.
  • Building children’s positive self-esteem and personal skills.
  • Maintaining and modeling nurturing relationships 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 direction of the Orono School District Board of Education as a part of the Community Education Department.

Summer Child Care

Spartan Kids offers 10 weeks of summer care fun. There are Friday field trips, many great activities including swimming and weekly in-house field trips. Students enrolled in summer care take part in the Community Education Enrichment Program. The summer program includes nutritious snacks and a light breakfast. Inclusive accommodations for children with special needs.

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Contact Us

Katie Gram, Site Coordinator