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University of Minnesota Child Development Center
1600 Rollins Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 625-2273

The University of Minnesota Child Development Center (UMCDC), located a few blocks north of the East Bank Campus, is licensed by the state of Minnesota and has national accreditation through NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It cares for 140 children, ages 3 months to 5 1/2 years, or pre-kindergarten. Enrollees must be university affiliated faculty, staff, and/or students. Full-time child care is provided Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School

University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development
51 E River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-6549

The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School is located in the Institute of Child Development on the East Bank Campus, and offers morning and afternoon programs for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, 2-5 days a week.  They are licensed for 100 children.

Community Child Care, Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative
Student Family Housing
1250 Fifield
St. Paul, MN
(651) 645-8958

The Community Child Care Center at 1250 Fifield Avenue in the Commonwealth Terrace Student Family Housing Cooperative near the St. Paul Campus, offers flexible scheduling for children ages 16 months to 5 years, from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  They're licensed for 35 children; sliding fees for students; parent cooperative; breakfast, lunch and snacks provided; extensive waiting list.

Como Early Learning Center
Como Community Housing 1024 27th Aveune
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-8340

Como Early Learning Center (CELC) is a non-profit childcare center founded in 1975 by University of Minnesota students from Como Student Community Cooperative, a student family housing complex near the University. CCCC is licensed to offer childcare services for children ages 16 months to 5 years. It was founded to provide childcare services to the University of Minnesota community. To this day, CCCC primarily serves University families, but also offers services to the surrounding community. As of December 2011, CELC completed the quality evaluation process through Parent Aware and received a 4 out of 4 star rating. Currently, the Como Early Learning Center is in the process of receiving a Parent Aware Rating.

Specialty Child and Infant Care


Fraser School (2400 West 64th Street in Richfield) offers child care and preschool for children with typical needs and special needs. They only utilize inclusive classrooms and implement wholly beneficial programs for all children.



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County Assistance Resources -- Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance

Basic Sliding Fee Child Care is a county-administered program that may help you pay child care costs if you do not receive MFIP and your income is within program limits. Basic Sliding Fee Child Care can help you with child care costs for any combination of:

You may get help with child care if you or your spouse/partner are working 20 hours or more per week, unless approved in your plan, and earn at least minimum wage.

Job Search
You may get help with child care for a limited time to look for work.

School or Training
You can get child care assistance for the amount of time your school says it takes to complete your degree with prior approval.

There are limits to the amount of money counties have to spend on Basic Sliding Fee Child Care. If there are no openings in your county for Basic Sliding Fee Child Care, ask for your name to be put on a waiting list.

For more information, call your county of residence or visit their Web site.



After School and Recreational Programs

St. Paul Parks and Recreational Centers' Rec Check Program : Rec Check is a free after school program. Youth in grades 1-6, check in with staff upon arriving at the center and check out when leaving. Parents can choose to be notified when their child does not check in. Youth participate in a variety of scheduled activities including arts & crafts, reading, homework help, and special events. To promotes health & fitness, staff will engage youth daily in physical activities such as gym games, outdoor play and fitness fun. A daily snack is provided. Registration is required & space is limited. Rec Check is for youth who live or attend school in Saint Paul.

Minneapolis Parks and Recreational Centers' Rec Plus+ Program Rec Plus+ operates before and after school, on school release days, and during the summer, depending on the site. Activities include games and sports, arts and crafts, homework help, field trips, and nutritious snakcs. Snack costs are included. Children must bring a bag lunch to daylong programs and kindergarten programs that run over lunchtime. Children can be bused from their school to Rec Plus+ if it is within the busing zone. Fees are based on choice of program. Fee assistance can be requested by qualified Minneapolis residents upon availability (per Federal National Poverty Guidelines).