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Forest Lake Area Schools (FLAS) Childcare Programs offer care for families that is safe, fun, affordable and convenient. The dedicated staff are continually trained to stay up to date with current research on child development and childcare best practices. The FLAS Childcare Programs are certified with the MN Department of Human Services. Care is offered at all seven elementary schools in the Forest Lake Area School district before and after school. Non-school day and summer care is also available at select sites.

School Year Childcare
DEADLINE: AUGUST 1. All registrations received after the August 1 deadline will have a start date of at least one week after the first day of school. Registrations are continuously accepted upon space availability.

*If Forest Lake Area Schools are closed due to inclement weather, SAC and Sonic will be open from 6am-6pm at select sites. The FLAS Childcare Programs will not refund tuition for inclement weather days. Those attending will be charged the non-school day rate. Available only to students currently enrolled in childcare. See your Family Handbook for specific information. SAC & Sonic Inclement Weather Locations: Forest View Elementary, Lino Lakes Elementary and Wyoming Elementary.

School Age Care (SAC) - Grades K-3
Before & after school care

School Age Care (SAC) is a childcare program designed for students in kindergarten-third grade. We offer youth-focused, choice- based programming in a wide variety of interest areas. Program activities are designed to provide students with enriching and engaging experiences that meet the individual needs of each child and support their academic, physical, social and emotional development.

Sonic - Grades 4-6
Before & after school care

Sonic is a fun place to be with friends for students in grades 4-6. The program allows for more independence and a chance to help plan program activities, take active leadership roles and participate in service learning projects. Breakout time depends on the number of students enrolled at each location.

Contact the Childcare office at (651) 982-8365 or email Nancy Siefert at

Childcare for Little Rangers Preschool
Providing childcare is essential to make preschool accessible for all. Children enrolled in Little Rangers Full Day Preschool have the opportunity to register for School Age Care (SAC); a before and after school childcare program available only on days your child is enrolled in Little Rangers Preschool at Columbus, Forest View, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia and Wyoming Elementary schools. 

Summer Childcare Overview
Programs include School Age Care (SAC) for students who completed grades K-3 and Sonic for students who completed grades 4-7.      

  • Open 6am until morning bell and from afternoon dismissal until 6pm

  • Located at every elementary school in the Forest Lake Area School district

  • Full and part-time options available

  • Minimum of one session, same day, same session each week required

  • *Open at select sites when school is closed due to inclement weather

  • Non-school day (NSD) care is available at select sites with the exception of major holidays. NSD registration must be submitted online by the registration deadlines listed on the website. NSD care is not available for PreK students.

  • Registration is open February 1 - May 1. Registrations are continuously accepted upon space availability.
  • 6am-6pm

  • Field trips, swimming and more

  • Register early to reserve your spot as spaces fill quickly.

  • Minimum of two days per week

SAC/Sonic Registration

*To register, you must have an online account.

Nancy Siefert
Childcare Coordinator
(651) 982-8316

Sue Waataja
Childcare Assistant Coordinator
(651) 982-8364