Department Info
Community Services and Recreation
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phones: 651-407-7501
Fax: 651-407-7502
Office Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm

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 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 School Day (9 am - 3:40 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 (3:40 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 (VISA or Mastercard). 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.

Contract Options & Daily Tuition
6:30 am - 6:00 pm $40.00/day
9:00 am - 3:30 pm $26.50/day

School Year 2017-2018

Bear FUNdamentals follows the Early Childhood school year calendar, and begins September 11, 2017. The last day of school is June 7, 2018. When White Bear Lake Area Schools are not in session, Bear FUNdamentals families can register for the Extended Day non school day program through FeePay. 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

(Non-refundable and payable at the time of registration)
  • January 17 - July 30, 2017 $30.00/child, per session
  • July 31 - September 7, 2017 $45.00/child
  • After September 7, 2017 $35.00/child

Registration Deadlines for 2017-2018
  • Last day to register to start on September 11, is August 18.
  • For registrations accepted after August 18, families will be placed on wait list. You will be notified by program staff for start date.
Questions regarding registration? 
Contact Bobbi Hummel at 651-407-7511

Click here for payment options

Contact Information
Program Office Telephone Numbers

Christina Anderson, Program Coordinator,
Bobbi Hummel, Billing Clerk 651-407-7511,
Anne Vail, Programmer 651-407-7512,


Program Site Telephone Numbers
Lakeaires Elementary 651-653-2817
Malorie Sanders, Site Supervisor
Carol Drieling, Instructor,

Oneka Elementary 651-288-1853 (will move to Hugo Elementary in Fall 2017)
Peggie Anderson, Site Supervisor,
Jessica Edwards, Instructor,
Jaymi Massa, Instructor,

Otter Lake Elementary 651-653-2834
Shannon Swanson, Site Supervisor,
Kristi Olness, Instructor,
Elizabeth Olson, Instructor,

Helpful Resources
Family Handbook
Immunization Form