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Connections is an after school program for middle school students.  Connections offers academic support and recreational activities to promote personal growth and student success.

Connections is available Monday–Friday after school at Dakota Meadows and Prairie Winds middle schools until 5:30 p.m.

This program will not be available for non-school day programming. Registration is required, with convenient and flexible schedule options.


School Year 2018-2019 Online Registration

 School Year 2018-2019 Paper Registration 

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Below you will find all necessary forms for the Connections program. All paperwork must be turned into the main Connections billing office at the Lincoln Community Center. You may email, fax, or mail paper registration forms in. We strongly advise that you confirm with our billing office that your form has been received.

Please return the paper copy forms to our Connections billing office:
Mail - 110 Fulton Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Email -
Fax - (507) 387-4770

2018-2019 School Year Registration Form


Contract Change & Vacation Day Request Forms must be returned to the Community Education & Recreation billing office. Connections Sites will not accept them.

Fax: (507) 387-4770


Drop off or Mail: Lincoln Community Center 110 Fulton Street, Mankato MN 56001

Contract Change Form


Medication Authorization Form

Student Release Waiver

2019 Summer Connections

2019 Summer Connections Information

Dates: June 13 - August 23 (Connections will be closed July 4 & 5)
Site: Prairie Winds Middle School
Grades Served: For students entering grade 6 through exiting grade 8


2019 Summer Registration Dates:

  • Current Connections Families: February 6-10
  • MAPS Public & Private: February 14-17
  • Out of District: February 20
  • Deadline to register: May 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Connections in session on non-school days?
No, Connections is not available when school is not in session. 
How does the Connections program bill families?
We invoice on a bi-weekly basis for Drop In. Quarterly rate will be invoiced 3 weeks prior to the next quarter and will be due 1 week prior to the quarter start. Late accounts will be charged a $15.00 late fee. 
How can I get copies of previous monthly invoices/receipts for my Flex Reimbursement Plan?
Copies of all invoices and receipts are available to download through their online account. Paper copies can be requested and picked up from our main billing office in the Lincoln Community Center. A year-end statement will be emailed to families in January for tax purposes. 
Do I need to notify the Connections program if my child will not be attending?
Yes, our sites do need 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, when you call the school to report the absence, don’t forget to call and leave a message on the Connections site cell phone. If a child does not arrive at Connections as intended, the site supervisor will:
1. Contact the parents at home and at work.
2. Contact the school to see if the child was in attendance.
3. If no one knows the whereabouts of the child the authorities will be called. 
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 5:30pm?
If an emergency delays you and you are going to be late picking up your child, make plans for someone listed as an authorized pickup person to get your child on time, 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, we will take the following steps: 
1. Attempt to reach you at home, work or on your cell. 
2. Call the those 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 and continued late pickups may result in removal from the program. 
What happens in the event of Severe Weather/School Closings?
If Mankato Area Public Schools:
  • dismiss early afternoon Connections will be closed 
  • close for the entire day Connections will be closed completely
Refunds will be given within 10 working business days as a credit on your account to those who would have attended on these days. 
How old does my child have to be to attend the Connections program?
During the school year session children who are attending grades 6-8 may register for the Connections program. 


110 Fulton Street
Mankato, Minnesota  56001
507-387-4770 fax