Child Care Resources
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is changing school start times for fall 2019. SPPS identified child care as one of the primary challenges for families with new school hours.
The following centers, recreation sites and organizations may be able to provide additional child care opportunities for you and your child.
Discovery Club is a program located in 12 Saint Paul Public Schools that provides child care before and/or after school, on non-school days and during summer. The program is available to currently enrolled SPPS PreK-5 students either at their school or at a Discovery Club Hub school. Students participate in a variety of fun and engaging activities – including academics, recreation and culture – that support learning and social development. Discovery Club is fee-based and offered through Community Education. Parents or guardians must drop off and pick up their child at Discovery Club locations. Part-time and full-time schedules are available. Financial assistance may be available for families who qualify. For more information, a list of fees, and to register, visit spps.org/discoveryclub or call 651-632-3793.
Please note: Discovery Club will be held before and after school for schools that begin at 9:30 a.m. For schools that begin at 7:30 a.m., Discovery Club will be held after school only.
Rec Check is a free after-school program for students in grades one through five, who live or attend school in Saint Paul. Students can participate in a variety of scheduled activities including arts and crafts, reading and special events. To promote health and fitness, staff will engage youth daily in physical activities such as gym games, outdoor play and fitness fun. A snack is provided. Call 651-266-6400 for more information or visit stpaul.gov/parks.
S’More Fun serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade who live or attend school in Saint Paul. The program offers recreational, cultural, social and educational activities. Children can pursue their own interests, develop friendships, gain confidence and build independence in a safe, comfortable and fun atmosphere. Registration is open year round. Space is limited. Fees apply. Call 651-266-6400 for more information or visit stpaul.gov/parks.
The St. Paul Midway YMCA provides before and after care, as well as full day care on non-school weekdays for SPPS students who attend school within the St. Paul Midway YMCA servicing area. Children attending surrounding schools can be transported to school from the YMCA in the morning and from school to the YMCA in the afternoon. The program gives students opportunities to practice caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 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. Fees apply. For information or to register call 612-814-1707 or visit ymcamn.org and choose “Child Care & Preschool” under the “Programs & Classes” menu.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities provides opportunities for youth to gain confidence, connect with peers and develop their academic skills. The Clubs, staffed by fully-trained youth development professionals, are open Monday through Friday after school and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-school weekdays. Club members participate in a variety of programming from physical fitness and healthy lifestyles to academic support designed to help students perform at grade level. Cost of membership is $5 per year. boysandgirls.org
East Side Club
1620 Ames Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Mount Airy Club
690 Jackson Street
Saint Paul, MN 55130
West Side Club
291 East Belvidere Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107