What is Eagle’s Nest?

Eagle’s Nest is a collaborative program of the Duluth YMCA and Duluth Edison Charter Schools, formally known as Kid’s Club, offered at North Star Academy and Raleigh Academy. The philosophy of the program is to offer a safe and engaging out-of-school time program that complements the school day and creates an enriching environment that fosters positive youth development and academic success.

To fit the developmental requirements, cultural background and characteristics of each child, Eagle’s Nest makes provisions and plans for a caring, compassionate and challenging environment, positive group experiences, curriculum and behavioral expectations, freedom for individual choice and a program that helps meet the health, safety and nutritional needs of each child.

What is Eagle’s Nest’s purpose?

We (as school age professionals and as caring adults) recognize that today’s complex world presents many challenges for students and the adults who care for them. We seek to offer an environment in which children can grow to the best of their abilities, one which taps their creativity and strengths and allows them to excel. Representatives from the school and YMCA work together to develop a collective set of standards which provide a baseline of quality, the reassurance that all OST programs are committed to providing each child with a unique growing and learning experience, and guide the way for future program development.

Where is Eagle’s Nest located?

Eagle’s Nest can be found in North Star Academy serving Kindergarten-6th grades students. Eagle’s Nest care is also provided at Raleigh academy serving Kindergarten-5th grade students. Summer programming will be offered at North Star Academy, as well as select locations in partnership with the K.E.Y. Zone program from ISD709.

What are the hours?

During the regular school days, Eagle’s Nest runs Monday-Friday before school from 6:30am-8:20am and afterschool from 3:45pm-6pm during the school year at North Star Academy. Raleigh Academy’s program runs Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm. During break weeks and during the summer, the program runs from 6:30am-6:00pm on select days and at select sites with an additional fee of $40/day for each child. Also open on half days with an additional $20/day for each child.

What does a typical day look like?

Each site may look a little different, but we all uphold the DECS code of conduct throughout our programming of “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible.”


Check-in, Snack and Physical RecreationHealthy snack, outside play, physical fitness
Brain Time Activities/ClubsAcademic enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and clubs based on student interest
Choice Time, check-outOpportunity to choose from a variety of activities, free art exploration, and games


What is the cost?

Note: these prices will apply during the hybrid model of 4 days per week school attendance. These fees are subject to change along with the school model.


Prices during current Model (including Tier One Essential Workers):

August 2020 UPDATEDNorth Star 1-2 days/weekNorth Star 3 days/week (old Flex) North Star 4-5 days/weekRaleigh 4-5 days/weekRaleigh 8 sessionsRaleigh 12 sessions
Before School$33$48$65N/AN/AN/A
After School$35$55$70$125$54$80

*Sessions can be before or after school, or a mix of both.


Please note, June fees will be prorated based on the number of program days during those months.


How do I register and pay for Eagle’s Nest?

To register and log in, visit duluthymca.org/register and select “Eagle’s Nest Community Learning Centers.” All families will have to complete all registration forms and fees before child can begin at the program.

All bills will be emailed out on the 15th of each month for the next month or programming. All payments are due prior to service on the 1st day of the month. If you are not paid in full by the 25th of the month of service, we will email you a reminder that your child will not be able to come starting the first day of the next month unless your bill is paid in full.

It is required that fees are paid through an automatic payment system. Families can set up payments with a credit card or bank account when registering online for the program. Families can choose weekly or monthly payment schedules. Cash and checks will not be accepted at the program site.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Families:

Please register using the online registration system found at duluthymca.org/register. You will receive a bill at the beginning of every month. The bill will reflect all periods of service that we have received payment on from the county. All CCAP families must fill out a “CCAP Payment Agreement.

What if I have additional questions regarding billing and registration?

For Eagle’s Nest Billing, contact: Sarah Birkeland at sbirkeland@duluthymca.org or call at 218-722-4745 ext 140

What if I have additional questions regarding the Eagle’s Nest program?

For more information about the Eagle’s Nest Program, please visit duluthymca.org.

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