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K.E.Y. Zone

K.E.Y. Zone Program

K.E.Y. Zone is a collaborative program of the Duluth YMCA and the Duluth Public Schools. The program provides a safe and supervised environment for youth to receive educational support and participate in enrichment activities. Program goals include fostering enrichment and learning, development of life skills, promoting regular attendance in school, and providing year-round opportunities, including summer and break days. The program is located at all nine ISD 709 Elementary Schools and is for youth in grades K-5.

Summer Program

K.E.Y. Zone 2024 Summer Program: Registration opens March 2024

  • Sites: To be determined
  • Time: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    School Year Program

    K.E.Y. Zone 2024-25 School Year Program: Registration opens April 2024

    • Sites: All nine ISD 709 elementary schools
    • Afterschool Time: 2:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Break Days: Open at select sites and days from 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    **There will be a limited number of spots available for K.E.Y. Zone summer and school year programming. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waitlist for full sites and more spots will open as staffing and space is available. Please understand this is for the safety of our youth. No exceptions will be made at this time.**

    Waiting List Information:
    Families can be placed on a waiting list by calling K.E.Y. Zone at 218-336-8900 x2 or emailing Once the program has secured more space and staff, the program will enroll families from the waiting list. K.E.Y. Zone is certified by the state to provide a safe care environment with guidelines for safety including staff to student ratios.

    Program Rates:

    Options Description Rate Effective 1/1/24
    Monthly Option A Full: (5 days/week) $203.00/month/child
    Monthly Option B Flex: (12 days/month) $145.00/month/child
    Daily Rate Break Days & Summer $47.00/day/child

    Payment Information: A $35.00 per child registration fee is due annually and is non-refundable. Once registered for the program, you can schedule attendance and/or manage your account online.

    Invoices are distributed electronically by the Duluth Community Education offices on the 25th of each month with payment due the 1st of each month. Outstanding balances are subject to late fees and will impact eligibility to participate in the program. Families pay their balance through scheduled monthly autopayment by credit card.

    For Billing and Registration Questions: 218-336-8900 x2 or

    For Program Questions: 218-722-4745 x 124 or

    Child Care County Assistance and Financial Assistance:

    We believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed. That’s why we offer multiple resources to help families pay for child care expenses. To qualify for financial assistance, you must be currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling at one of our Out of School Time (OST) programs. Financial assistance is designed to help cover expenses based on your family size and gross income per your household. A registration fee is required at the time of enrollment.

    It is possible for families to qualify for both St. Louis County and YMCA financial assistance programs. Families must apply for state child care assistance before applying for YMCA Financial Assistance. Please see the information below on both St. Louis Child Care Assistance and YMCA Financial Assistance.

    To apply for St Louis Child Care County Assistance, please follow the steps below:

    • 1.Apply on this site for St. Louis County Childcare Assistance.
    • 2.If you need help completing the county application, please call 218-726-2400.
    • 3.When you receive your determination letter please contact KEY Zone registration and billing office at 218-336-8900 x2 or
    • 4.If you have more questions about Minnesota’s requirements for child care assistance, please visit this site Minnesota Childcare Assistance Tasks.

    To apply for YMCA Child Care Financial Assistance, please follow the steps below:

    • 1.Apply for child care assistance in the county in which you reside.
    • 2.When you receive your determination letter (whether accepted or denied), you must submit the paperwork with your OST Financial Assistance application.
    • 3.You must submit all information listed on the application to be considered. Processing takes a minimum of two weeks. If funds are not available at the time of submission, you will be placed on a waiting list. If you leave the program, you will be removed from the waiting list and may re-apply should you want to enroll at a later date.

    If you have more questions about Minnesota’s requirements for Child care assistance, please visit this site: Minnesota Childcare Assistance Tasks

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    Contact Info
    720 N Central Ave
    Duluth, MN 55807
    (218) 336-8904

    School Year 2023-24