Home Base (Grades K-5) & Bright Start (PreK)

Our Home Base and Bright Start childcare programs are designed to meet the needs of working families.

We have four separate programs.

Registration for each upcoming year opens mid-February. You must register separately for each program.

Registration, Billing & Account Management2019-2020 School Year registration in progress.

Registration opens yearly in February for the upcoming summer and school year programs. Watch our website in January for open registration dates.

Our Four Programs

  1. Home Base Childcare for Grades K-5: Before- and after-school childcare in our elementary schools for children in grades K-5.
  2. Bright Start for PreK: Curriculum-based childcare for children who are four years old by September 1 of the school year at the elementary school they will attend. This curriculum is delivered in a full-day, five-day a week model. 
  3. Home Base Non-School Days: Full-day childcare on select non-school days during the school year, such as conference days and school breaks. Refer to the Non School Day calendar below for registration dates. Registration requires a current approved consistent or drop-in contract.
  4. Home Base Summer: Full-day childcare for children entering kindergarten through the summer after they complete grade 5.

Office Contacts

Hilary Disch
Program Manager

Registration & Billing
Community Ed Office

Site Contacts & Managers

Peter Olson

Gleason Lake
Jamie Anderson

Sharon Foltz-Ringstrom

Kimberly Lane
Kristin Erickson

Meadow Ridge
Tobi Tombers

North Woods
Michelle Ryynanen

Kari Shannon-Anderson

Plymouth Creek
Heidi Weigel

Sunset Hill
Kathy Kuklok

Home Base/Bright Start Handbook - Effective June 12, 2019

2019-2020 Fee Schedule - Effective June 12, 2019

Payment Information

  • Anytime you register a child for a program, you will pay a $35 non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee. This fee is assessed per child, per program and covers registration only.
  • All accounts are on auto pay.
  • Bills are issued on the first business day of the month for care used in the previous month.
  • All credit/debit cards linked to Home Base & Bright Start auto pay accounts are charged on the fifth of the month for the amount billed on the first business day of the month.

Program fees, sibling discounts and other fees outlined in the tabbed sections below.

Home Base

Tier 1 Schools

Sites: Greenwood, Kimberly Lane, Meadow Ridge, North Woods, Oakwood and Plymouth Creek

Hours & Fees

Before School: 6:30-7:45 a.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1-5 days/week): $8.00/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $11.00/day/child

After School - 2:25-4:30 p.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1-5 days/week): $13.75/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $16.75/day/child

After School - 2:25-6:15 p.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1-5 days/week): $23.00/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $26.00/day/child

A $20 per child Late Pick Up Fee is applied if you arrive after the your designated 4:30 or 6:15 p.m. pick up time.

Tier 2 Schools

Sites: Birchview, Gleason Lake, Sunset Hill

Hours & Fees

Before School - 6:30-8:30 a.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1-5 days/week): $12.25/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $15.25/day/child

After School - 3:10-4:30 p.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1-5 days/week): $9.25/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $12.25/day/child

After School - 3:10-6:15 p.m.

  • Consistent Schedule (1 - 5 days/week): $18.75/day/child
  • Drop In/Additional (non-contracted, approved): $21.75/day/child

A $20 per child Late Pick Up Fee is applied if you arrive after the your designated 4:30 or 6:15 p.m. pick up time.


Dates: June 12 - August 16 (Closed July 4)

Sites: Birchview (serving Birchview and Sunset Hill), Birchview (serving Gleason Lake and Oakwood), Meadow Ridge (serving Meadow Ridge and Greenwood) and Plymouth Creek (serving Plymouth Creek and Kimberly Lane)


  • Full-time (1-47 contracted days): $49/day/child
  • Additional (any non-contracted day): $52/day/child

Non-School Days

Registration for Non-School Days opens a month before the non-school day. Site managers will send you information.

Sites: Vary by non-school day. Refer to the Non-School Days calendar for a full listing.


  • If contracted by deadline: $49/day/child
  • If contracted post deadline: $52/day/child

Bright Start

Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Sites: All elementary schools. 


  • Consistent Schedule (2-5 days a week): $61/day/child
  • Additional (non-contracted approved days): $64/day/child

Sibling Discount

We offer discounts for families with more than one child enrolled in the program. A 15% discount will be applied to all contracts on the account except the highest on the invoice.

Other Fees

Registration Fee: There is a $35 non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee for each program for each child.

Contract Change Fee: A $20 fee is assessed each time you change your child's contract (schedule change or withdrawal). This fee is assessed per child.

Absence Confirmation Fee: $20
For the safety of your children, you must notify the Home Base/Bright Start site staff if your child is going to be absent. This include pre-planned and unplanned absences. If you fail to do so, the Absence Confirmation Fee will applied to your account. No credits will be given for absences.

Late Pick Up Fees: $20/day/child

Late Payment Fee: $20 will be added for late payments.

PDF of Fee Schedule

Site Availability

2019-2020 School Year

Location Before School Bright Start After School
Birchview O O O
Gleason Lake O O O
Greenwood O O O
Kimberly Lane O O O
Meadow Ridge O O O
North Woods O O O
Oakwood O O O
Plymouth Creek O O O
Sunset Hill O O O

✓ space available, O waiting list, X closed

Calendar Non-School Days, Closures - June 12, 2019 - June 9, 2020

Financial Assistance

To Apply

  1. Start by calling Hennepin County at 612-348-5937 to add your name to their waiting list for childcare assistance. 
  2. Print the Scholarship Request Application Form
  3. Fill out the Scholarship Request Application Form
  4. Place a copy of your completed Scholarship Request Application Form and all required income documentation, including your Hennepin County childcare assistance waitlist letter, in an envelope.
  5. Mail the the envelope to:
    Wayzata Home Base Billing Office
    P.O. Box 47334
    Plymouth, MN 55447

Our Response

  • We will notify you in writing via email and postal mail after your scholarship request has been reviewed.
  • Any scholarship requests missing information or income documentation will be returned to you unprocessed.


Information that you share with us on the Scholarship Request Application Form will be kept confidential.


Scholarships help some low-income parents pay for child care. These are parents or guardians who need child care because they are working or are preparing for work. A limited number of full or partial scholarships are available for families qualifying for the free/reduced lunch program.

Eligibility will be based on the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Copayment Schedules.