School-Age Care

Ranch House and Dakota Lodge

Before & After School Recreation Program

Ken-Caryl Ranch’s B&A Programs will coincide with Jefferson County Public School District’s in person learning schedule and will follow their COVID-19 related policies.

For questions or more information email Youthprograms@kcranch.org or call 303-979-1876.
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KCRMD Before & After School Recreation Programs provide a caring, safe and fun learning environment. Students explore a wide variety of activities that develop learning, encourage imagination and promote positive social skills. Join us for exciting science experiments, cooking, art projects, sports, games, reading, homework help and more! We offer year-round care and provide full-day care on most early release days, school holidays and vacations. Register and pay only for the days you need each month!

Two Locations to Serve Bradford and Shaffer Elementary Schools

Ranch House for Shaffer Elementary

7676 S. Continental Divide Rd.
We offer a fun, safe learning environment for your child before and after school! Science, art, sports, hiking, homework help and much more! Students are transported in KCRMD mini-buses and/or walk to school each day. Grades K-5th.

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Dakota Lodge for Bradford K8

14422 W. Ken Caryl Ave.
Come explore the natural surroundings of Ken-Caryl Ranch through experiments, lessons, activities, games and hikes before and after school each day. Primary (South) students are transported in KCRMD mini-buses and Intermediate (North) students ride the KCRMD bus or walk to the Lodge weather pending. Grades K-6th only.

Weather Closure Reminder

2-Hour delay

  • No BEFORE school for Ranch House and Dakota Lodge B&A programs


  • All Before & After School Programs closed for the day
  • Art Ventures and Outdoor Discovery closed for the day

2023-2024 Before & After Care

Check back mid-February for more information including when registration for will open, program times and pricing.

Please note Shaffer Elementary is shifting their start and end times. More information can be found on Jefferson County Public Schools webpage here: Frequently Asked Questions – Jeffco Public Schools

Before & After Care 2022-2023 Info

The Dakota Lodge/Bradford program is full for the 2022-23 school year. To register for the Ranch House/Shaffer program for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Anna Petterson at AnnaP@kcranch.org.

Daily Fees:

Before School Only

  • Resident: $16
  • Non-Resident: $21

After School Only

  • Resident: $16
  • Non-Resident: $21

Before & After School

  • Resident: $28
  • Non-Resident: $33

Full Day

  • Resident: $48
  • Non-Resident: $58
Drop In Fees:

Before School Only

  • Resident: $19
  • Non-Resident: $24

After School Only

  • Resident: $19
  • Non-Resident: $24

Before & After School

  • Resident: $31
  • Non-Resident: $36

Full Day

  • Resident: $51
  • Non-Resident: $61
One-time Registration Fee – Single Child







One-time Registration Fee – Family





Before & After Care Hours

7am-9am and 3:35-6pm Ranch House

6:45am-9am and 3:35-6pm Dakota Lodge


Registrations are accepted based on available space.

Helpful Program Forms


Youth Programs Supervisor

Lizz Brock
303-979-1876, ext. 132

Ranch House Program Coordinator

Anna Petterson
303-979-1876, ext. 111

Dakota Lodge Program Coordinator

Victoria Ippolito
303-979-1876, ext. 472

Payments & Registration

April Crockett

Collaboration & Exploration

KCRMD Youth Programs’ Mission

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District Youth Programs collaborate to promote safe, enriching experiences for youth and families through educational exploration. As a dedicated team, we foster positive development and healthy lifestyles.