• Before & After School Care
  • School Release Day and Holiday Care
  • Kindergarten - Grade 5
  • Independent School District 625
  • Questions? Call 612-230-9622 



Before & After Care

The St. Paul Midway YMCA provides Before & After Care for St. Paul Public Schools in the St. Paul Midway YMCA servicing area. Children attending surrounding schools can be bussed to school from the YMCA in the morning and from school to the YMCA in the afternoon. 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 Midway 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.


St. Paul Midway YMCA Program Center
530 Wheeler Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104

Register Online for Before & After Care

Registration Form PDFs


Before & After School Care

Monday - Friday
Before School Care: 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
After School Care: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

School Release Days and Holiday Care

  • 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (at the Y)
  • *Holiday hours may vary

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 St. Paul Public School District calls for a LATE START, the Y does not offer before-care during regular a.m. hours. When the St. Paul Public School District calls for an EARLY RELEASE, the Y does not offer after-care during regular p.m. hours. 

When school is cancelled due to heavy snow, the Y offers release day care from 7am-5:30pm. If school is cancelled due to cold temps,  the Y offers release day care from 6:30am-6:00pm.

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 St. Paul Public School District calendar, YMCA Before Care and After Care will be closed on St. Paul Release Days and will not offer care.

If a non-St. Paul Public school has a school closing, but St. Paul Public School District does not, we will offer Before and After Care.

School Release Days

2019-20 School Release Day information will be available later this summer. Please check back.


2019-20 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.

  • 3 sessions: $37.50
  • 4 sessions: $50.00
  • 5 sessions: $62.50
  • 6 sessions: $75.00
  • 7 sessions: $87.50
  • 8 sessions: $100.00
  • 9 sessions: $112.50
  • 10 sessions: $125.00

School Release Day and Holiday Care

2019-20 School Release Day information will be available later this summer. Please check back.

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.


Children are transported to their schools in the morning and back to the YMCA in the afternoon on Saint Paul School District buses. The Midway YMCA does not provide transportation. Please contact your child's School Office for transportation information or changes.

What to Bring to School Release Days

(please label all belongings)

  • 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.