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After School Program (Serving Grades K-8)

Enroll your child in our after school program today! Youth will join old and new friends for supervised activities from 3-6 p.m. on regular school days.  Weekly activities include arts/crafts, gym games, swimming, outside play (weather permitting), character building activities, performance arts, and homework time. Healthy snacks are included in your daily registration fee. 

Please contact Jessica Erickson with any questions at


2022-2023 After School Care Enrollment    



Transportation Information

Lowell, Harrison, Garfield, Riverside, Discovery Woods and Forestview 

ISD 181 transportation is provided from school to the Brainerd YMCA (Pine & 7th) where our Y staff will meet them off the bus. A bus pass through ISD181 is required. ISD 181 only allows one evening bus stop per child. 

Baxter Elementary

The YMCA shuttle picks the children up from Baxter Elementary, and brings them to the YMCA. To get on the Baxter bus list to the YMCA you need prior approval from the Program Director Jessica Erickson at


Minimum of a 3 day a week registration. 

5 day a week registration: $50 a week for YMCA Members/$55 a week for Community Members

4 day a week registration: $44 a week for YMCA Members/$48 a week for Community Members

3 day a week registration: $36 a week for YMCA Members/$39 a week for Community Members


Hours of Operation

Follows Brainerd's School Calendar (ISD 181),  Monday through Friday on regular scheduled school days from 3-6pm. 

School Break Days Off - Full Day Care Options

The YMCA does run full day care based on ISD181 school break days. Care is offered from 7am-6pm at the Brainerd YMCA. 

Care is available on:

Nov 28th

Dec 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th

Jan 3rd & 16th

Feb 20th

March 3rd, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th

April 7th & 10th

Care is not available/closed on:

Nov 24th & 25th

Dec 23rd & 26th

Jan 2nd

March 17th

Rates for School Break Days: $35 per day for YMCA Members/$40 per day for Community Members