Yes- some schools start earlier then others. The school system is open, meaning with permission from the principal you can attend a different school then the suggested one. Currently we just moved to the Chaska Elementary district and my son goes to Jonathan elementary to finish out the school year. Chaska's hours are 8-2:30 and Jonathan is 8:40-3:10. we stay at Jonathan because my husband and I cannot come and get him by 2:30. There are plenty of in home daycares that charge $5/hr for before and after care as well. I do have a provider in both areas if you need references. So basically we use the bus systems to get the hours we need. Jonathan's hours are 8:40-3:10, with him riding the bus it is actually 8:10-3:40 it gives us 30 more minutes on both ends.
Hope this makes sense and let me know if you have any other questions!... more