Minneapolis Kids is offered through the Community Education Department of Minneapolis Public Schools and provides year-round, fee based school-age care for families with youth enrolled in *High Five through 6th grade. Care is available from 6:30 am-6:00 pm, Monday through Friday with Before and After-School and full-day care on Non-School Days and in the summer. (Components vary by site.)
The mission of Minneapolis Kids is to provide high quality child care services for families during periods when students are not involved in regular school programs. The program offers a safe, nurturing, educational, and recreational experience where children are encouraged to pursue interests, develop friendships, independence, and confidence.
Quality StandardsAll Minneapolis Kids sites go through an internal quality standards process to ensure we are meeting standards of excellence. Through intensive self-study involving families, administrators, and staff, each program plans for continued improvement to best meet the needs of its community.
In addition to an internal quality standards process, each Minneapolis Kids site is a certified child care center through the Department of Human Services demonstrating they meet standards for care and physical environment. This commitment to quality allows more families to access our services through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
Our staff are MPS employees and skilled professionals dedicated to
youth development and upholding the program mission. Staff are First aid and
CPR certified and receive
on-going professional development to best meet the social, emotional and
physical needs of youth and families.
Program ActivitiesOur programs are designed to offer youth opportunities for intellectual, physical, and social development and are structured to fit the developmental needs, cultural diversity, and unique characteristics of each child.
Youth take part in a wide variety of activities focusing on social/emotional learning, language and literacy, creativity and the arts, STEM, social sciences and health and physical education. Youth voice is an integral part of planning as youth are encouraged to participate in designing and leading activities and have opportunities to contribute to the program-wide Youth Advisory Council.
Our spaces are well-equipped and take advantage of the school facilities including playgrounds, gyms, and media centers. Afternoon snack is provided and time available for youth to complete homework.
LocationsBussing is available to serve elementary schools throughout MPS. Minneapolis Kids programs are conveniently located throughout the city with programming variations designed to meet the needs of children and parents.
TransportationTransportation between a child’s school and a Minneapolis Kids location can be arranged through the child’s home school office. Child must be enrolled in High Five-6thgrade. There is no additional cost to parents if children are Minneapolis Public School students.
Family involvement is encouraged in every part of the program. Feedback is gathered through annual surveys and frequent communication between staff and families. In addition, each location elects a delegate to the Minneapolis Kids Parent Advisory Council. This is an active group that gives invaluable support and input to the program.
Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps families pay for child care so parents can pursue work or school. To see if you qualify for this assistance call 612-348-5937, or apply online at mnbenefits.mn.gov.
Register online or call 612-668-3890 for enrollment questions and inquiries. Our central office is located at the Davis Center, 1250 W Broadway Ave.