Big Canoe Kids’ Club at Great River School

Now in our 4th year, Big Canoe Kids Club at Great River School offers before & after school child care to GRS families. The BCKC program focuses on free play, movement, creative arts, and science play for students ages 5 through 12 years old. This excellent 'not just day care' program offers:

  • dynamic, fully engaged and supported staff 
  • one dedicated entrance on campus with parking for pickup and drop-off
  • daily access to arts, crafts, games, Legos, homework time, indoor/outdoor play, unstructured imaginative play, environmental stewardship and BCKC parties
  • a "no electronic devices" policy that allows children to un-plug and fully engage in recreational activities
  • a small student-to-staff ratio


Before School 7:30 to 8:30 AM
After School 3:10 to 5:30 PM - Pick up anytime before 5:30
Big Canoe Kids’ Club does not meet when school is not in session.
(Note: any family dropping a student off before 8:20 must sign up for the morning program)

How to Register? 

Contact the Program Director at


Contact the Program Director at

Contact Big Canoe

Direct contact phone: 651-305-2780 x13
Emergency contact phone ONLY: 612-562-9828


All families are asked to pay a registration fee of $20.00, which helps cover supplies and snacks for the program.

The daily drop-in rate for Big Canoe Kids Club is $30.00 per day. Families who participate at least three days a week for the entire school year receive lower semester rates shown in the chart below:

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Parents can pay this fee up front for a ten percent discount, or can elect to spread out the cost in 9 regular monthly installments payable September-May which are outlined in the chart below. Please note that the monthly installments represent a fraction of the semester total, and do not reflect the number of days of care in that month.

Families using Big Canoe three or four days per week can add days for special circumstances by contacting the Program Director at bigcanoe@greatriverschool.orgTo add days families must:

  • provide at least 24-hour notice,
  • pay Single Day Rate of $30.00,
  • note that the Single Day Rate includes before and after school even if student uses just one or the other.

Late Pick Up Rate:
Students picked up after our 5:30 program end will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute. 

How to Pay?

To Pay by check, Please:

  • Note “BCKC” and the student's name on the memo line of the check and enclose in an envelope labeled:  Attn: Business Manager
  • Checks can be received at the front office in person or by mail
  • Payment is due before the first of the month

Pay online