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ACES School Age Child Care

Mankato Area Public Schools’ Community Education & Recreation ACES Program offers care before school, after school, and on nonschool days for students attending MAPS Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Feel confident that ACES offers quality care, with a variety of age-appropriate activities to help your child grow. The trained staff offer daily creative and educational opportunities.

The ACES program offers individual choice-based rotations for children of all ages. Children may choose to take part in a variety of age-appropriate activities based on their interests. These activities include visual and performing arts, science, computer lab, cooking, social recreation, outdoor play, physical challenges and activities, and team building. Whether you need care every day or you are looking for flexible scheduling, the ACES program is here for you.

About the Program


School Year 2018-19 Registration:

Afternoon care at at sites are full for the 18-19 School Year. Please contact our office to be added to a waiting list! If you are looking to register for morning care, please fill out the paper registration form below and return it to the ACES Billing Office. 

School Year 2018-19 Registration Form

If you have more than 1 child, please print & complete this page for each additional child. The complete registration form is not required for additional siblings, only page 1. 

A $30 registration fee will be due at the time of registration. Payment can be made in the form of credit, cash or check. Make checks payable to Mankato Community Ed & Rec.

Fax: (507) 387-4770
Mail or Drop Off: 110 Fulton Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Before & After School
For families who are seeking care beyond normal school hours. Before school care opens at 6:30 am and after school care closes at 6:00 pm. Register for before school, after school, or both! There are multiple schedule options available to fit all your care needs.

Please Note!
ACES sites do NOT accept registration forms or payments. All paperwork and payments must be returned to the main ACES billing office at the Lincoln Community Center. 

You may email, fax, or mail paper registration forms in. We STRONGLY advise that you check with our billing office that your form has been received.Registrations submitted after the deadline will have a start date of 2 weeks after the billing office receives your form.  

Data Privacy & Confidentiality
Mankato Area Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (CER) contracts with software providers to securely collect and maintain registration information. Data you provide is used only for the purposes of administering CER programs. This information is considered private and will be kept confidential, between CER and the registered account owner/payer. (Accounts can have multiple owners/payers.)  

Summer 2019

Summer contract options and rates will be available soon!

2019 Summer ACES Program Dates:

June 13th, 2019 - August 23rd, 2019

2019 Summer ACES registration opens soon!

We will have Little ACES for students entering Kindergarten and ACES for students entering 1st - 5th.

Current School Year 18-19 and Returning Summer 2018 Families:

Registration Begins:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am

Registration Closes:

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

Mankato Area Public & Private Schools:

Registration Begins:

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am

Out of District Families:

Registration Begins:

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 @ 7:30 am

Summer Registration Deadline:

Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Health Forms


Consent for Administration of Medication Form - This form must be filled out and returned to the ACES site before your child's first day. The consent for administration of medication form must be renewed each ACES session. Written parent permission and written physician orders are required before any medication is dispensed during the ACES program. Medications must be in their original container with proper label. Site Supervisors do not have access to the school nurse's office. Parents are responsible for transferring medication to the Non School Day/Summer Sites.
consent form for administration of medication

Allergy Emergency Plan
Asthma - RAD Emergency Plan
Seizure Emergency Plan
Generic Health Condition Emergency Plan


Program Fees

School Year Fees:
Full Time (Consistent Care Contract)

Before School Fee $6.00/day
After School Fee $8.00/day

Pick Your Days (Variable Care Contract)
Before School Fee $7.00/day
After School Fee $9.00/day

Drop-In Care
Before School Fee $9.00/day
After School Fee $11.00/day

Non-School Day Care
Full Day Fee $31.00/day for 1st child, $26.00/day for additional siblings
Half Day Fee $19.00/day

Non School Day Care

Non School Day Care:
For ACES families who are seeking care when school is not in session. Care is offered through the ACES program on most non-school days. ACES will be closed on major holidays. Half and full day options are available.

ACES will offer care on the following non school days:
October 18 & 19
November 2, 20 & 21 
December 26, 27 & 28
January 21
March 8, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29
April 22 

January Non School Day Flyers:
Hoover <--- Click Here!
Rosa Parks <--- Click Here!

ACES Sites and Billing office will be closed on the following non school days: 
November 22 & 23
December 24, 25 & 31
January 1
April 19
May 27

Registration Dates and Deadlines <--- Click Here!

To cancel non school day care, please contact the ACES Billing Office at (507) 387-5501 or email at Care must be cancelled by the registration deadline in order to receive a refund.

"Pick Your Days" Calendars

Calendars and payments are always due by the 15th of the month prior. Days added to your calendar after the due date will be charged as DROP IN care. A $15.00 late fee will be added to any calendar or payment received after the 15th deadline. Calendars will not be accepted as of the 1st of the month.  

Please Click on the Monthly Calendar Below:

September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May/June 2019

Vacation Day Request

Vacation Day Request Forms must be returned to the ACES billing office. ACES Sites will not accept them.

Fax: (507) 387-4770
Drop off or Mail: Lincoln Community Center 110 Fulton Street, Mankato MN 56001

Online Request Form

Paper Request Form

A 5 business day notice is required for all vacation requests. Vacation day requests must be submitted in writing, per this form, to the ACES billing office. Verbal notification is NOT sufficient. 

Contract Change Forms

Contract Change Forms must be returned to the ACES billing office. ACES Sites will not accept them.

Fax: (507) 387-4770
Drop off or Mail: Lincoln Community Center 110 Fulton Street, Mankato MN 56001


A 2 week notice is required for all changes. Contract Changes must be submitted in writing, per this form, to the ACES billing office or online per your ACES account. Verbal notification is NOT sufficient. 

Online Change Form

Paper Change Form


Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I change my child’s ACES schedule?
There are two different ways that you can submit a contract change. Contract changes must be submitted in writing per the “Contract Change Form” or through your online ACES account. Contract changes require a two week notice that begins from the date we receive the request. There is no charge for the first change; subsequent changes will be assessed a $15 processing fee. 
Can my child attend on a day not regularly scheduled? 
Children enrolled in the ACES program can attend on a non scheduled day as long as there is space available. These days will be considered drop in care and charged at the drop in rate. 
Is ACES in session on non-school days?
ACES is open on many days when school is not in session. For a full list of non school days, check the School Year tab. Children currently enrolled in the ACES program have the option to register for the non school day activities. If a field trip is planned, all children must attend the field trip. Care will not be provided onsite during field trip events. Parents can register their children for half or full day care. Registration forms will be available approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to each non school day. To receive a full refund, parents must cancel their registration no later than the posted deadline; registration deadlines are final.
How does the ACES program bill families?
ACES bills on a monthly basis and fees are always paid in advance. Invoices are generated and emailed by the 20th of the month prior; payments are due by the 1st of every month. Late accounts will be charged a $15.00 late fee. 
How do I get copies of previous monthly invoices/receipts for my Flex Reimbursement Plan?
Copies of all invoices and receipts are available to download through your online account. Paper copies may be requested and picked up from the ACES billing office at the Lincoln Community Center. A year-end statement will be available to families through their online account in January for tax purposes. 
Do I need to notify the ACES program if my child will not be attending?
Yes, ACES sites do require notice when a child is not attending. If your child will not be attending because of a scheduled appointment, vacation, or other planned absence, contact the ACES billing office in advance. If your child is ill, text or call and leave a message on the ACES site cell phone. If a child does not arrive at ACES as intended, the site supervisor will:
1. Contact the parents at home and/or at work.
2. Contact the school to see if the child was in attendance.
3. Call the authorities if no one knows the whereabouts of the child. 
Due to the amount of time involved in trying to find children when staff have not been notified of their absence, a $15.00 Finder’s Fee will be assessed. 

What if I am unable to pick up my child by 6:00 pm?
If an emergency delays you and you are unable to pick up your child on time, arrange for an authorized pickup person to pickup your child and call the program staff immediately. 
In the event that your child is still at the program after closing time and we have not heard from you, ACES staff will take the following steps: 
1. Attempt to reach you at home, work or on your cell. 
2. Call the people listed as authorized pick ups.
3. If you are more than 30 minutes late, the police will be contacted for assistance. 
A late fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged to your account. Continued late pickups may result in removal from the program. 
What happens in the event of Severe Weather/School Closings?
During Non School Days & the Summer Session:
The Community Education & Recreation Director is the defining authority in the event of severe weather/school closings. During offsite field trips, travel decisions will be made at the discretion of the ACES Program Coordinator and the bus company/drivers. Staff will contact parents regarding closings due to inclement weather. Postings will also be made on the Community Education & Recreation website, hotline, and the ACES Facebook page. 
During the School Year Session:
If Mankato Area Public Schools… 

  • delay the school day start time, morning ACES will be closed
  • dismiss early, afternoon ACES will be closed 
  • close for the entire day, ACES will be closed completely

Refunds will be issued within 10 business days in the form of an account credit to those who attended on these days. 
How old does my child have to be to attend the ACES program?
During the school year session children who are attending grades K-5 may register for the ACES program. During the summer session, children who are entering Kindergarten may register for Little ACES. Children 1st-5th grade may register for the ACES program. Children entering 6th-8th grade may register for the Connections program.
When does my child need to wear an ACES t-shirt?
During the school year session—if your child is registered for a non school day field trip, the program will provide your child with an ACES t-shirt to wear during the offsite field trip. 
During the summer session—Children are required to wear field trip t-shirts on days they will be offsite. Sites take up to 3 field trips per week. Parents may purchase t-shirts at the time of registration for $7.00 per shirt. The ACES program puts in a mass t-shirt order one month prior to the summer session. Rental t-shirts will be given to children who do not wear a field trip t-shirt on field trip days; a $5.00 rental fee will be assessed to your account at the end of each week.  

Am I able to switch around my regular scheduled days?
No. If your child does not need to attend on a scheduled day and you know more than 5 business days in advance, you may request a vacation day. Vacation days must be submitted in writing per our vacation request form located on the Mankato Community Ed website. If your child needs to attend on a non scheduled day, they may do so as long as there is space available; the day will be charged at the drop in rate.

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ACES School Age Child Care
110 Fulton Street
Mankato, Minnesota  56001
507-387-4770 fax