• Before & After School Age Care
  • School Release Day and Holiday Care
  • Kindergarten - Grade 6
  • Independent School District 272


Before & After Care

The Southdale YMCA provides Before & After Care for children who attend Eden Prairie ISD 272 elementary schools. For your convenience, this program is located in your child’s school. Safety is our top priority. Parents/guardians sign their children into the program in the morning and students walk to class when school starts. In the afternoon, students walk from class to the School Age Care program and parents/guardians must sign them out at pick up time.

School Release Days

Kids have a blast in the Southdale Y’s full-day recreational program on school release days and school vacation breaks. It’s safe, fun, full of age-appropriate activities that stretch kids’ minds and bodies – and gives them opportunities to practice caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Kids are engaged and entertained

Each day is different – there’s a whole lot of things to do and places to go. Arts and crafts, group games, sports, indoor and outdoor play, themed projects and field trips are just some of the ways your child might spend their day.

School Locations

Cedar Ridge Elementary
8905 Braxton Drive
(P) 612 716 1412

Register Online for Before & After School Care 

Eden Lake
1200 Anderson Lakes Parkway
(P) 612 716 1407

Register Online for Before & After School Care 

Forest Hills Elementary
13708 Holly Road
(P) 612 599 2047

Register Online for Before & After School Care

Prairie View Elementary
17255 Peterborg Road
(P) 612 716 1409

Register Online for Before & After School Care

Oak Point Elementary/Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion
13400 Staring Lake Parkway
(P) 612 716 1405

Register Online for Before & After School Care 

The schools above host YMCA School Release Days on a rotating schedule. Please check the list below for the available dates.

Registration Form PDFs


Before & After School Care

Monday – Friday

  • Before School Care: 6:15 a.m. – School Start
  • After School Care: School End – 6:00 p.m.

School Release Day and Holiday Care

  • 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures

Y School Age Care is closed on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day. Release Day Care is available for other days school is not in session. Register online or download forms on this page.

When the School District calls for a LATE START, Before Care programs are cancelled.

When the School District calls for an EARLY RELEASE, After Care programs are cancelled.

When school is CANCELLED due to extreme snow fall and/or poor travel conditions, YMCA Before Care and After Care programs are cancelled.

When school is CANCELLED due to severe cold temperatures, YMCA will run Release Day programs at Oak Point Elementary. Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children currently attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care.

School Release Days

Schools host YMCA School Release Days on a rotating schedule.


  • October 13, 19, 20: Forest Hills, Eden Lake
  • November 10, 22: Forest Hills, Eden Lake
  • December 26, 27, 28, 29: Oak Point/Eagle Heights


  • January 2: Oak Point/Eagle Heights
  • January 15, 26: Forest Hills, Eden Lake
  • February 19: Prairie View, Cedar Ridge
  • March 2, 30: Prairie View, Cedar Ridge
  • January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: Prairie View, Cedar Ridge

2017-2018 School Release Day Schedule


2017-18 Before & After School Care

A “session” is defined as either before school or after school. The 3-session minimum can be reached by combining a.m. and/or p.m. sessions.

  • 3 sessions: $35.25
  • 4 sessions: $47.00
  • 5 sessions: $58.75
  • 6 sessions: $70.50
  • 7 sessions: $82.25
  • 8 sessions: $94.00
  • 9 sessions: $105.75
  • 10 sessions: $117.50

School Release Day and Holiday Care

$41 per child per day, late registration $51 per child per day.

Program Fees

Advanced registration is required to receive the standard program rate. Registrations received online or at Y Customer Service by Monday, one week prior to the Release Day, receive the standard rate. Registrations received later than Monday, one week prior to the release day will result in a $10 premium increase in the school release day cost.


Registrations completed online can be paid at the time of registration or set up as an automatic electronic fund transfer (EFT). Payment is available for paper registrations via cash, check or EFT. You may authorize EFT on your registration form. EFTs will be processed on Tuesday prior to the week of the release day. You may login online to see your balance and make a payment.

Cancellations and Changes

Changes to the registration for individual release days, including cancellation, must be made in writing to the YMCA Customer Service Center by Monday, one week prior to the start of the release day. We encourage change notices to be submitted as soon as possible. If the change notice is not received, you will be billed for the original enrollment and additional days attended. To submit your cancel request, visit the Contact page. You can email or chat with customer service to complete your request.

What to Bring to School Release Days

(please label all belongings)

  • Lunch and beverage; including morning and afternoon snacks
  • Swimsuit and towel for swim field trip days
  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and arts & crafts projects

*The YMCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please leave toys and valuables at home. In the event of low enrollment (less than 10 participants) the day may be cancelled. You will be notified five days in advance.