Before and after school program

Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church

BLC at Nokomis Heights is a satellite location serving students from Emerson, Green Central, and other MPS schools. Students ride the bus to and from our location on MPS buses and are met by our staff.

Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church


We have four different sessions throughout the school year: Fall (August – December), Winter (January – March), Spring (April after Spring Break – June) and Spanish Summer Camp (June- July).

BLC offers before and after school enrichment care and classes from Monday through Friday after school until 6 PM. The program creates a bilingual and bicultural environment enriched with academic, interactive and recreational activities for students in PreK through 5th grade. Students can participate in after school enrichment care and/or a variety of classes (see catalog for more information) while they develop social, academic, language and cultural skills.

BLC’s staff is bilingual and bicultural and has extensive experience working with elementary school students in diverse populations. BLC strives to help and support not only students, but the entire community by offering parent and family workshops during the year. Diversity is celebrated and valued at BLC and it prepares our students for lives of social responsibility, active citizenship and academic achievement.

Before School Program

BLC’s morning care program runs from 7:30 - 9:30 AM Mondays through Fridays. Activities include games, physical activities, art and crafts, and homework time. Program must have a minimum of 10 students enrolled to open.

After School Program

BLC’s afternoon care program runs from 2:30 - 6:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. Each day the students are given an after school snack, and activities include games, physical activities, arts and crafts, and homework and reading time.

Enrichment Classes

BLC offers optional classes during our after school program from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Classes vary by session (fall, winter, spring) and have included cultural cooking, art, guitar, Mexican dance, science, and sports.

We offer many exciting programs throughout the school year, including:

The goal of the science class is to present STEM and to encourage students to see science as something more accessible to them through experiments and activities. These activities will vary from in class activities to projects that they can share with you at home.

Students will learn the basics of playing the guitar, including the parts of the guitar, how to read tablature, basic music reading knowledge, and more! Students who have previously taken guitar will work on applying basic diagrams and tablature, and will work with time signatures, dynamics, melody, chords, and learn more advanced practice techniques. The class will conclude with a public performance. Students must bring their own guitar.

This class allows students to express themselves creatively through art projects. The students will learn different art styles and use different artistic mediums!  

This is a fun-filled session of energetic dance from different Mexican regions. Led by Carmen Casanova, this class helps teach teamwork and leadership while students learn about Mexican culture and have fun! Costumes provided. Groups will perform at the Winter Concert and Carnival.

This class offers the opportunity to explore foods from Latin America and around the world! Students will learn and develop cooking techniques in international cuisine. Includes all ingredients and materials.

A great opportunity to learn the game of chess! The first 30 minutes each week will be dedicated to learning the rules and strategy, and the remaining time will be spent practicing the game. At the end of the class, there will be a tournament where the kids can show off their new skills.

This class is the perfect way for kids to enjoy learning the basics of dance in an active and creative way. Students will learn fun combinations, play movement games, and much more!

Learn the techniques of wellness and flexibility! Students will be introduced to the body postures and mental practices of yoga, taught by Blanca.

Younger students learn the exciting technology of robotics, mechanical design, software use, programing and computer design tools. Students get a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

 Join us in creating an imaginary world through acting! We are partnering with The Matchbox Theater, to learn basic acting skills and dancing as we bring stories to life. This class provides learning experiences that help students develop creativity, clear speech, memory and teamwork.

Students will learn defensive martial arts techniques that will help them develop coordination to physically control their bodies, along with mental discipline of knowing when to use these techniques. The class will be taught by a professional black belt instructor.

Students will learn defensive martial arts techniques that will help them develop coordination to physically control their bodies, along with mental discipline of knowing when to use these techniques

Early Spanish Literacy Program Preschool (Sept 2022)

Students learn Spanish through song and play, as well as social and early academic skills through cultural readings, arts, crafts, learning activities and more! Little Workers is a great transition to preschool and prepares your child for kindergarten. Schedule: Monday – Friday


Located in Nokomis Heights

  • Healthy snack will be provided
  • Instruction in Spanish
  • Small group

Registrations Now Open

Summer Camp

During June and July, BLC offers several weeks of all-day camps at Nokomis Heights on Mondays through Fridays. Camp activities include art and crafts, physical activities, reading time, Lego building, outdoor activities and more. Each Friday the students go on a field trip: past field trips have included water park visits, Como Zoo, and nature programs. Students can register for as many weeks as they are interested in.

Little Workers

Early Spanish Literacy Program Preschool

Now accepting Open Registration/ flexible schedule