Closure Child Care Available

As an Executive order by Governor Walz, all Minnesota K-12 schools will be closed from March 18-27, 2020. The purpose of the closure is to allow schools and districts time to plan for potential longer-term school closures. During the short-term closure, and in response to this order, we are offering free school-aged child care to children of emergency responders and health professionals that are currently attending Duluth Public Schools ISD709, and Duluth Public School Academy ONLY. We are also offering this service to district teachers & staff.

Our KEY Zone and Eagle’s Nest programs will provide programming at all our current locations to families who fit the mandatory order criteria.

Healthcare staff as described below:

Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics
Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities

Other health systems and organizations, such as:

  • Home Care Workers
  • Personal Care Assistants
  • Ambulance/Emergency
  • Direct Care and Treatment

Other emergency staff, including:

  • First responders
  • Firefighters
  • Personnel providing correctional services
  • Essential Court personnel
  • Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff
  • State and local public health agency employees
  • MNsure Navigators
  • County financial/eligibility workers
  • County case managers
  • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services

Our programs will run from 6:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. Monday through Friday from March 18-27.

Please use this link to fill out an enrollment form if you need school aged care:

The form must be filled out by Tuesday, March 17 by 12:00p.m. so staff can be prepared to serve your child(ren). Even if you are currently using our services, you must fill out this form and there will be additional documents if your child(ren) has an allergy and/or medication. Please arrive on your first day early to fill out all the appropriate forms. We may consolidate programming to specific sites depending on enrollment numbers while being aware of best practices for social distancing. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenge and contact us with any questions.


Anne Rawlins
Duluth Area Family YMCA
Out of School Time Director
218-722-4745 x124

Melissa Fanning
Duluth Area Family YMCA
Branch Executive Director
218-722-4745 x107

Bonnie Jorgenson, Head of School
Duluth Edison Charter Schools
218- 723-2345 x5000

Jay Roesler
ISD 709
Community Education Director
218-336-8708 X1021