About Rec Check

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers after-school and other out-of-school time care for youth at multiple recreation centers across the City. Rec Check programs are open for youth who live or attend school in Saint Paul. Children participate in a variety of structured, supervised activities that are recreation focused. These may include arts and crafts, community building games, quiet time, homework help (during the school year) and more. To promote health and fitness, staff will engage the youth daily in physical activity. A daily snack is also provided.

Rec Check Program Overview

Program Grades Days Saint Paul Public Schools is... Times Price
School Year Rec Check Grades 1-5 (currently enrolled school-year) Mon - Fri  in session 2 - 6 p.m. Free
      not in session 1 - 4 p.m.  Free
Rec Check Extended Grades 1-5 (currently enrolled school-year) Varies not in session 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m  $10/day
Summer Rec Check Entering grades 1-6 (in the upcoming fall) Mon - Thu not in session vary by site Free

Registration Information

Registration is available online or over the phone by calling the recreation center directly. A list of sites and contact information is available below. Rec Check enrollment will be limited to 28-30 youth per site with a 1:14 staff to participant ratio. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

2021-22 School Year Rec Check

  • Cost: Free
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Days: Monday - Friday
    • September 9, 2021 - June 10, 2022
    • No care on November 25-26, December 24, December 31, or May 30
  • Times:
    • 2pm-6pm on school days
    • 1pm-4pm on non-school days 
      • October 21-22 (MEA Break), October 29, November 19, December 20-23 (Winter Break- Session 1), December 27-30 (Winter Break- Session 2), January 17, January 28, February 21, March 4, March 25, April 4-8 (Spring Break), April 15
  • Locations (centers with a * are also Rec Check Extended sites):
    • Arlington Hills
    • Battle Creek
    • Dayton's Bluff  
    • Duluth & Case
    • Edgcumbe*
    • El Rio Vista
    • Frogtown*
    • Hancock 
    • Hayden Heights
    • Hazel Park*
    • Highwood Hills 
    • Jimmy Lee/Oxford
    • Langford Park
    • Linwood
    • MLK
    • McDonough
    • Merriam Park
    • North Dale  
    • Palace  
    • Phalen 
    • Rice 
    • West Minnehaha
    • Wilder

Register for Rec Check

2021-22 School Year Rec Check Extended

Rec Check Extended offers full day care on select days Saint Paul Public Schools is not in session. Please note that these sites only offer the Extended care during these select school breaks and will offer our regularly scheduled after-school Rec Check times on days SPPS is in session. 

  • Cost: $10/day
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • Times: 8:30am-5pm
  • Dates:
    • October 21-22 (MEA Break)
    • December 20-23 (Winter Break- Session 1)
    • December 27-30 (Winter Break- Session 2)
    • April 4-8 (Spring Break)
  • Locations: Frogtown, Hazel Park, and Edgcumbe

Register for Rec Check Extended


Last Edited: December 17, 2021