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Minneapolis Kids School Age Care

Philosophy: The mission of Minneapolis Kids is to provide high quality child care services for parents 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. Parent visits are welcomed and should contact the site coordinator to set up a time for an individual orientation. Group orientation sessions are scheduled on a site-by-site basis.

Staff: Minneapolis Kids staff are skilled professionals who respect and enjoy working with children. They are required to have a combination of professional training and job experience which enables them to fully understand the developmental needs of children. Staff schedule a wide variety of well planned, carefully supervised activities which complement, without duplicating, school experiences.

Program Components:

The Before School component runs from 6:30 am to the start of the school day. It is a relaxed, informal time, balancing self-directed and structured play along with socialization skills.

The After School component runs from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. This is a time for children to relax, have a snack and socialize. A variety of stimulating projects, enrichment activities and exercise are offered. Snack is included in the program fee.

Programming includes staff directed and child initiated activities, opportunities for physical exercise, lunch with peers, and rest time. Activities are designed to complement the school day and provide school readiness activities.

On Non-School Days, enrollment is optional and on a first-come, first-served basis. Field trips are often planned on non-school days. A signed permission slip is required for each trip. Children must be registered for the day at least two weeks in advance or a $5.00 per day late fee will be assessed. Minneapolis Public Schools does not provide bus transportation for students on non-school days or winter, spring and summer breaks. Parents must provide a bag lunch and beverage, unless otherwise noted.

Important Information:

  • Minneapolis Kids serves school age children ages 5-12 who are enrolled in High Five/Kindergarten through 6th Grade during the school year.
  • Minneapolis Kids serves school age children ages 5-12 who are going into 1st through 7th grade during the summer.
  • Application must be completed with registration fee and tuition payment received prior to the child's starting date.
  • The parent is responsible for arranging transportation between the student’s home school and the Minneapolis Kids location.
  • Minneapolis Kids sites or components may be closed due to low enrollment. 
  • Children must be able to use the bathroom independently.

Program Fees: Fees are determined by your child's elementary start time. Children that attend 5 days/week receive a $1 daily discount per component.  You may enroll in one, two or three components.

2019-2020 Fees

2-4 Days per Week

5 Days per Week

Before School (Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:05 am)


$6.25/ day

Before School (Mon-Fri, 6:30-8:40 am or 9:40 am)



After School (Mon-Fri, 2:00 or 2:35-6:00 pm)



After School (Mon-Fri, 3:00-6:00 pm)



Non-School Day Care (Full-day care for days when school is not in session, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm) - $42.20

Child Care Assistance Dollars Accepted. To see if you qualify, call 612.348.5937