Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our frequently asked questions page. This section will answer all of our most commonly asked questions about Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center. If you have a question or are looking for information that you can’t find on this page, please feel free to contact us at any time or call (952) 442-4194 for our Waconia location, (763) 682-4253 for our Buffalo location, or (763) 497-1029 for our St. Michael location to speak with someone directly.


What Are Your Days and Hours?

Our Waconia location offers child care between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Our Buffalo location offers child care between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Our St. Michael location offers child care between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lil’ Explorers is CLOSED for major Holidays, including:

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and we close at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

Lil’ Explorers does not follow school closings and remains open in inclement weather. We ask our parents to use their best judgement when choosing to transport children.

What is the Staff / Child Ratio at Lil’ Explorers?

For Infants, the ratio is 1 to 4
For Toddlers, the ratio is 1 to 7.
For Preschoolers, the ratio is 1 to 10.
For Kindergarten, the ratio is 1 to 15.
For School-Age care, the ratio is 1 to 15.

Do You Offer a Multi-Child Discount?

Yes.  There is a $10 family discount per week for multiple children in the same family.  Discount is applied to additional children after first initial enrollment.    *Discount applies to families enrolled full-time.

What Kind of Lunch Program Does Lil’ Explorers Provide?

Lil’ Explorers provides breakfast, a hot lunch and afternoon snacks for all children at no extra cost. Menus are available monthly by the parent information cubbies and posted in all classrooms.

What is Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center’s Greatest Strength?

It is OUR STAFF! They work well together, love children and like working here.

Can My Family Stop in at Anytime to Visit?

Most definitely! Parents are welcome to visit any time of day.

Does Lil’ Explorers Close for School Closings or In-Service Training?

No, Lil’ Explorers is open all year, only closing for major holidays. We are not affected by weather-related closings or early starts or dismissals at local schools.

Do You Offer Drop-In Care?

To avoid disruptions to children already enrolled at our Center, we do not offer drop-in child care.

Can I Enroll My Child Part-Time?

Depending on classroom enrollment, we may be able to offer part-time enrollment for your child. The days must be consistent from week to week (e.g., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Also, you must be enrolled at the Center for at least two days every week.