Mayor announces free after-school program

In-person registration required at rec centers

To help bridge the gap between the end of a child’s school day and the end of a parent’s workday, Mayor Chris Coleman announced that Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will again offer its popular Rec Check program. Rec Check is a free after-school program for youth in grades 1–5, provided at sixteen Saint Paul recreation centers on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. while Saint Paul Public Schools are in session.

Each day, youth participate in a variety of structured, supervised activities including tutoring sessions, craft-making, reading and physical fitness. A daily snack is also provided.

“After-school programs are proven to increase academic achievement as well as reduce stress on working families,” said Mayor Coleman. “It is important that all Saint Paul youth have a safe, fun, after-school destination where they can continue to learn and advance their skills.”

Rec Check is open to youth who live or attend school in Saint Paul. Registration must be done in person at the recreation center. Transportation may be arranged through Saint Paul Public Schools if a child is attending Rec Check at a location more than one mile from school. Transportation to students' residences from Rec Check is not provided. For more information, including a list of all Rec Check locations, visit

Young people spend 80 percent of their time – including after school, weekends and summer – outside of the classroom. Mayor Coleman has made out-of-school time learning the foundation of his commitment to education, specifically through the launching of Sprockets, a network of more than 90 organizations that provide out-of-school time programs for youth in Saint Paul. To learn more, or to find more after-school options offered through the City of Saint Paul, community organizations and Saint Paul Public Schools, visit