• 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
When school is out, the Y is in! The Southdale Y offers a full-day recreational program for school age children available during school release days and vacation breaks.

Our program creates a safe, fun-filled environment where school age kids actively stretch their mind and body. Through age-appropriate activities, arts and crafts, group games, sports and field trips, kids learn about caring, honesty, respect and responsibility under the guidance of our YMCA staff.

Wonderful outdoor and indoor spaces at the Y give kids a wide variety of options. Intriguing daily themes guide engaging activities and give kids topics to look forward to such as cooking projects or special interest clubs. Themes and field trip schedules are available through the branch or school site.

School Locations

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

Register Online for Before & After School Care 

Eden Lake
12000 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 registration form 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 will be closed on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day following, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day.

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


  • Oct. 14. 20, 21 - FH & EL
  • Nov. 11, 23 - FH & EL
  • Dec. 22, 23 - OPEH
  • 27, 28, 29, 30 - OPEH


  • Jan. 16, 27 - FH & EL
  • Feb. 20 - PV & CR
  • March 3, 31 - PV & CR
  • April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - PV & CR

OPEH : Oak Point / Eagle Heights
CR : Cedar Ridge
EL : Eden Lake
FH : Forrest Hills
PV : Prairie View

2016-2017 School Release Day Schedule


2016-17 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: $34.50
  • 4 sessions: $46.00
  • 5 sessions: $57.50
  • 6 sessions: $69.00
  • 7 sessions: $80.50
  • 8 sessions: $92.00
  • 9 sessions: $103.50
  • 10 sessions: $115.00

School Release Day and Holiday Care

$40 per child per day, late registration $50 per child per day. Advanced registration is required to receive the standard program rate. Fees are due Monday, one week prior to the Release Day. Registrations received later than Monday, one week prior to the release day will result in a $10 premium increase in the school release day tuition.


Payment is available via cash, check or electronic fund transfer (EFT). You may authorize EFT on your registration form. EFTs will be processed one week prior to the release day. You may login online any time 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. Visit the Contact page and select “Submit a request to Customer Service.”

What to Bring to School Release Days

  • Non-perishable, disposable lunch and beverage.
  • Swimsuit and towel; padlock for a locker during swim time is recommended. (Only on swim field trip days.)
  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and arts & crafts projects.
  • Morning and afternoon snack.


Please label all belongings. 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 registrants, the day may be cancelled and you will be notified five days in advance.