Before & After Care
The Downtown YMCA provides care for all public and private elementary schools in the surrounding metro area. Families are responsible for coordinating bus transportation with the school district to the Downtown YMCA. Safety is our top priority and your child will be assisted on and off the bus by a designated Y staff person.
School Release Days
Kids have a blast in the Minneapolis Downtown 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.
Minneapolis Downtown YMCA
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(P) 612 323 5378
Register Online for Minneapolis ISD 1 School Age Care
Register Online for School Release Day Care
Registration Form PDF
- 2017-2018 Before & After School Care Brochure
- 2017-2018 Before & After School Care Registration Form
- 2017-2018 School Release Day Registration Form
Before & After School Care
- Before School Care: 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- After School Care: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
School Release Days and Holiday Care
- 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
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 Minneapolis Public School (MPS) District calls for a LATE START, Before Care programs are cancelled.
When the MPS District calls for an EARLY RELEASE, After Care programs are cancelled. This does not include the cancellation of after-school activities.
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 Minneapolis Downtown YMCA. Inclement-weather Release Day Programs are open to children already attending YMCA Before Care and/or After Care.
If your child attends a Charter School or Alternative School that does not follow the MPS District calendar, YMCA Before Care and After Care will be closed on MPS Release Days and will not offer care.
If a non-MPS school has a school closing, but MPS does not, we will offer Before and After Care.
School Release Days
ISD 1 Release Days
- October 18, 19, 20
- November 2, 3, 22
- December 26, 27, 28, 29
- January 2, 3, 4, 5, 15, 25, 26
- February 16, 19
- March 30
- April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
2017-18 Before and 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.
Before School Sessions
3 sessions: $30.75
4 sessions: $41.00
5 sessions: $51.25
After School Sessions
3 sessions: $45
4 sessions: $60
5 sessions: $75
School Release Day and Holiday Care
$41 per child per day, late registration $51 per child per day.
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.
To arrange transportation to or from the Downtown YMCA School Age Care Program, call the school transportation coordinator. Many schools have established bus stops at the Downtown YMCA. Inform the Transportation Coordinator that your child(ren) are to be picked up or dropped off at the location listed. When arranging transportation, gather the following information:
- Bus number or letter
- Pick-up and Drop-off times
- School phone number
What to Bring (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.