SKC FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions – IGH Spartan Kids’ Care

What are the Spartan Kids' Care program dates and hours of operation?
Where do I drop off and pick up my child?
What and where is the Family Area?
What happens if there is a site emergency or weather-related closing?
What happens if my child becomes ill, needs medication, or has an accident while at Spartan Kids' Care?
How do I report an absence?
How are breakfast, lunch, and snacks done at Spartan Kids' Care?
Can my child bring games or toys from home to Spartan Kids' Care?
What should my child wear?
Can I volunteer at Spartan Kids' Care?
What do I need to know about non-school days?
How will I be informed of the activities in which my child is participating?
When, where, and how do I pay for Spartan Kids' Care tuition?
Spartan Kids' Care Office and Site Contact Information


What are the Spartan Kids’ Care program dates and hours of operation?

Summer Program 2018 First Day: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Summer Program 2018 Last Day: Friday, August 24, 2018
First Day of School Year 2018-2019 Programming: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Last Day of School Year 2018-2019 Programming: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hours of Operation:
6:00 AM  to the start of the school day
School dismissal time to 6 pm
Non-School Days and Summer: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Where do I drop off and pick up my child?
Please park in the designated parking areas. It is also important to not leave children in the car and that your car is shut off before entering the building. Your must sign in when bringing your child and you must sign out when you pick up your child.

Hilltop: Cafeteria

  Enter the doors on the south side of the building, door 7
Pine Bend: Cafeteria
  Enter either the main door or the set of doors located on the north side of the building.
Salem Hills: Enter the main entrance on the east side of the building.


What and where is the Family Area?
The Family Areas are designed to keep Spartan Kids’ Care families informed. They are located in the main area of our sites as close to the entrance as possible. These areas include an iPad to sign in/out, bulletin boards with site activity calendars, a daily schedule, snack menus and information about Spartan Kids’ Care staff.

To help children in the program become more aware of their communities, the staff and children plan and participate in several community programs. We are always looking for other organizations with which we can become involved. If you have any ideas, please contact the Spartan Kids’ Care staff.

You must sign your child in and out each day. This is important for the safety of each child. If another adult or guardian is picking your child up, inform the staff on site by phone or a note. Staff members are instructed to ID anyone they do not recognize who comes to pick up a child.


What happens if there is a site emergency or weather-related closing?
If Inver Grove Heights Community Schools are closed or delayed due to weather conditions, Spartan Kids’ Care makes adjustments to its programming. Early closings are aired on all major local television stations (channels 4, 5, 9, and 11). If school is closed for the day or has a late start and or mid-day cancellation, Spartan Kids’ Care adjusts programming as follows:

Before-School Program
School closed: There is no before-school Spartan Kids’ Care
Late start: Before-school Spartan Kids’ Care will be delayed an equivalent number of hours.

After-School Program
School closed: There is no after-school Spartan Kids’ Care.
Late Start: After-school Spartan Kids Care is not affected
Mid-day cancellation: Parents/Guardians are responsible for picking up children from school immediately. After-school Spartan Kids’ Care is open until all kids are picked up so please pick up your child as soon as possible.


What happens if my child becomes ill, needs medication or has an accident while at Spartan Kids’ Care?
If a child becomes ill or is injured at Spartan Kids’ Care, staff will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s). Please remember to keep contact information current at Spartan Kids’ Care. You will need to make arrangements to pick up your child immediately.


How do I report an absence?
If your child will be absent, please inform the staff via a note or phone call to the main site phone number. Site numbers are listed at the end of this document. You will also receive a business card with your child’s site information on it.


How are breakfast, lunch, and snacks done at Spartan Kids’ Care?

The District offers a school breakfast program. Contact District Food Service for information on setting up your child’s breakfast/lunch account and other questions you may have by calling 651-306-7217.

Spartan Kids’ Care provides a nutritious snack every afternoon. Snack menus are posted in the Family Area at your child’s site.

On non-school days, you must provide a lunch for your child unless otherwise noted. We prefer you do not send pop/soda as a beverage. We do not have access to a refrigerator, so pack your lunch accordingly. We also do not access to a stove, microwave or freezer.


Can my child bring games/toys from home to Spartan Kids’ Care?
The sites are fully equipped with art supplies, outdoor equipment, games and manipulatives for the children to enjoy. Children are allowed to bring “toys from home” on designated days.


What should my child wear?

Please dress your child appropriately according to the weather. Your child will spend time outdoors each day. The children will need a pair of sneakers for gym, outdoor activities and field trips.


Can I volunteer at Spartan Kids’ Care?
Family members are welcome to volunteer in the program. Volunteers need to be 18 years of age or older. Contact the staff to inform them if you are interested in volunteering. A background check is also required for all volunteers.


What do I need to know about Non-School Days?
The non-school day program is offered from 6 am – 6 pm on selected days when the school is not in session. Please refer to the District Calendars for the specific dates of non-school days.

A variety of special theme projects and activities are offered on non-school days. While registration for these days is the responsibility of the family, you will be reminded to register in the following ways:
  • Each family receives a yearly calendar in September indicating the non-school days and deadline dates.
  • District calendars indicate the non-school days.
  • Registration is available online at www.tridistrict.ce.eleyo.com
  • Reminders are placed in the Family Area at each site.
Once you have registered your child and the deadline has passed, you will be charged for the day(s) unless we can fill your spot. Parents will need to send a disposable lunch unless otherwise noted.


How will I be informed of the activities that in which my child is participating?
Children take part in many group and individual experiences which encourage physical, intellectual and social development with a minimum of formal structure in a well-supervised and comfortable, environment. Each site offers activities that include arts/crafts, science, reading, group time, homework groups, computers, physical activities, special guests and field trips. Activities are designed to compliment the school day without duplicating it.


When, where, and how do I pay for Spartan Kids’ Care tuition?

Spartan Kids Care tuition statements are emailed to you each month. Tuition fees cover a one-month period and are due in advance of the childcare service.
Payments are due on the 15th of each month. Late payments will be assessed a $10 fee. Failure to make payments on time is subject to termination for the program.
You can also make your payment by using our online payment site at www.tridistrict.ce.eleyo.com


Spartan Kids’ Care Contact Information:
Spartan Kids’ Care Main Office
3203 68th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Pam Ryan, Administrative Asstant to the Coordinator
RyanP@isd199.org, 651-306-7502
Erica Tollefson, Program Coordinator
TollefsonE@isd199.org, 651-306-7504

Site Contact Information:
Pine Bend Elementary School
9875 Inver Grove Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Deanna Anderson, Facilitator
AndersonD@isd199.org
Office: 651-306-7744
Cell: 612-817-3848

Hilltop Elementary School
3201 68th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Carol Backer, Facilitator
BackerC@isd199.org
Office: 651-306-7463
Cell: 612-817-3238

Salem Hills Elementary School
5899 Babcock Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Erin Staples, Facilitator
StaplesE@isd199.org
Office: 651-306-7357
Cell: 612-817-3295