School-Age Care

Ranch House and Dakota Lodge

Before & After School Recreation Program

Ken-Caryl Ranch’s B&A Programs follow the Jefferson County Public School District’s calendar.

For questions or more information email 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 scheduled no-school days, school holidays and vacations. Pay the annual enrollment fee and then pay only for the days you need each month! Students are transported in KCRMD mini-buses each day.

We Serve Bradford and Shaffer Elementary Schools

Ranch House

7676 S. Continental Divide Rd.
Serving Shaffer Elementary, grades Kindergarten to 5th only.

nature hike

Dakota Lodge

14422 W. Ken Caryl Avenue
Serving Bradford, grades Kindergarten to 6th only.


Community Center

1 Club Drive
Serving Bradford, grades Kindergarten to 6th only.

2023-2024 Before & After Care Info

Please take note that several important changes have been made for the 2023-2024 school year program:

  • Two Bradford program sites: Community Center and Dakota Lodge.
  • Premier Option available-> This is available by semester, fall and spring. This option allows for a locked in/guaranteed schedule for the semester. However, no refunds or credits will be given for any unused days throughout the semester. After premier registration closes, the remaining availability will be open for those who sign up monthly.
    • Spring Premier Registration open to residents November 13-30
    • If you choose to opt into the premier program, and your child is a no show in excess, we reserve the right to void your premiere registration/schedule and you will be moved to the monthly registration.
  • Monthly sign up has a residents and a non-residents registration window.
  • B&A participants will no longer have priority for summer camp registration. In 2024, we will have just two summer camp registration windows: resident followed by non-resident.
  • Ranch House-Shaffer Program Specific: Due to Shaffer shifting their start and end times for the 2023-2024 school year, we do NOT offer before care. After care is still offered.

The Dakota Lodge and Community Center programs servicing Bradford are full for the 2023-24 school year. You are always welcome to join the waitlist and can do so online. The Ranch House program servicing Shaffer does have availability. Please email us with any questions and to register at

2023-2024 Daily Fees:

Before School Only

  • Resident: $21
  • Non-Resident: $27

After School Only

  • Resident: $21 (Bradford) $24 (Shaffer)
  • Non-Resident: $27 (Bradford) $31 (Shaffer)

Before & After School

  • Resident: $34
  • Non-Resident: $44

Full Day

  • Resident: $55
  • Non-Resident: $72
Drop In Fees:

Before School Only

  • Resident: $24
  • Non-Resident: $30

After School Only

  • Resident: $24 (Bradford) $27 (Shaffer)
  • Non-Resident: $30 (Bradford)            $34 (Shaffer)

Before & After School

  • Resident: $37
  • Non-Resident: $46

Full Day

  • Resident: $58
  • Non-Resident: $73
One-time Registration Fee – Single Child







One-time Registration Fee – Per Additional Child





Before & After Care Hours

Ranch House After Care Hours: 2:35pm-6pm

Dakota Lodge & Community Center:

  • Before -> 6:45am-9am
  • After -> 3:35-6pm

Full Day Hours: 8am-5pm

  • All scheduled full day program days take place at the Ranch House location.


Annual Registrations are accepted based on available space.

Bradford B&A programs are full for the 2023-2024 school year.

Shaffer after care program accepting enrollments. Please email to register or call 303-979-1876.

Spring Premier Registration (residents only). Open from Nov. 13-30, closes at 5pm.

Premier Registrations Found Here

Monthly Registration Windows:

Residents= 1st-25th of the month prior; Non-Residents= 5th-25th of the month prior

Monthly Registrations Found Here

Helpful Program Forms

Weather Closure Reminder

2-Hour delay

  • No BEFORE school for Community Center and Dakota Lodge participants


  • All Before & After School Programs closed for the day
  • Nature Enrichment programs closed for the day


Youth Programs Supervisor

Lizz Brock
303-979-1876, ext. 132

Ranch House & CC Program Coordinator

Anna Petterson
303-979-1876, ext. 111

Dakota Lodge Program Coordinator

Victoria Ippolito
303-979-1876, ext. 472

Payments & Registration

Guest Services

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.