Bear FUNdamentals

White Bear Lake Area Schools Bear FUNdamentals is a year-before-kindergarten full-day program focused on providing fun, nurturing and safe opportunities for play and learning that prepare children for kindergarten. Bear FUNdamentals focuses on children's emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth. Children work on listening skills, language and literacy, thinking and math skills and social development through meaningful, interactive play. The program is staffed at a 1:10 ratio and taught by passionate instructors who encourage curiosity, discovery and problem solving in a stimulating, structured, and fun environment. Our staff work closely with families to provide individualized care for each child.

Bear FUNdamentals programming is offered at Birch, Lakeaires, Hugo, and Otter Lake Elementary Schools throughout the school year. Families can register for a three, four, or five consistent day contract. Contract options are Half Day - Birch only (11:30 am - 3:45pm), School Day (9 am - 3:45 pm) or Full Day (6:30 am - 6:00 pm). Families that need only a few sessions of before or after school care can register for School Day Bear FUNdamentals and register for Extended Day before (6:30 am - 9 am) or after (3:45 pm - 6:00 pm) school care as well.


Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. All registrations and fees must be submitted a minimum of three working days prior to the day families wish to start using the program. The White Bear Lake Area School District is transitioning to a new online registration system called Eleyo. Click here to see instructions that will walk you through the process for registering a student for BearFUNdamentals and Extended Day. 

Click HERE to register in Eleyo.

Click here for step by step instructions: How to Register in Eleyo

The Bear FUNdamentals Program is self supported by user fees. Therefore, it is imperative that all fees are paid on time. Delinquent accounts are subject to removal from the Bear FUNdamentals Program, as well as possible collection and/or legal action and their associated fees. Fees may be paid with check, cash, or credit card
  • Partial or total fee reimbursement may be available to qualifying families through Ramsey or Washington Counties. For further information, please call Think Small at (651) 641-0332. 
  • Limited financial assistance is available. Please call Christina Anderson at (651) 407-7510 for additional information.

Contract Options & Daily Tuition
Half Day           $16.50/day
School Day      $26.50/day
Full Day           $40.00/day 

School Year 2019-2020

Bear FUNdamentals follows the Early Childhood school year calendar, and begins September 9, 2019. The last day of school is June 5, 2020. When White Bear Lake Area Schools are not in session, Bear FUNdamentals families can register for the Extended Day non school day program through Eleyo. To see a complete list of days Bear FUNdamentals/Extended Day will be closed and days when non-school day programming will be available click here: Non School Days

Registration for 2019-2020 school year IS NOW OPEN! SITES WILL FILL FAST!


BIRCH - Limited Space Available - Please contact
HUGO - FULL -  to be added to the wait list.Please contact
LAKEAIRES - FULL - Please contact to be added to the wait list.
OTTER LAKE  -Limited Space Available - Please contact
  • Registration fee is $30/child
  • Registration fees are charged at time of registration and are non-refundable.

Registration Deadlines for 2019-2020
  • Last day to register to start on September 9, 2019 is July 28, 2019.
  • For registrations accepted after July 28, families will be placed on wait list. You will be notified by program staff for start date.
Questions regarding registration? 
Contact Stephanie Bloxham at 651-407-7511

Click here for payment options

Contact Information
Program Office Telephone Numbers

Christina Thayer Anderson, Program Coordinator,

Stephanie Bloxham, Billing Clerk 651-407-7511,

Nicole Oswald, Inclusion Specialist 651-407-7504,

Anne Vail, Programmig Specialist 651-407-7512,


Program Site Telephone Numbers
Birch Lake Elementary, 651-653-2784
Stephanie Kane-Burback, Site Supervisor,

Hugo Elementary, 651-407-7500 ext. 2124
Alex Hennessey, Site Supervisor,

Lakeaires Elementary, 651-653-2817
Ashley Guthrie, Site Supervisor,

Otter Lake Elementary, 651-653-2834
Shannon Swanson, Site Supervisor,

Helpful Resources
Family Handbook
Immunization Form