Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world




Connections is a place for older youth to not only hang out and make new friends, but a program that is truly designed for youth by youth. Our staff places a heavy emphasis on leadership development with program participants who assist in developing and leading activities, service learning opportunities and more! Connections will also introduce curriculum to prepare youth to transition from Connections experiences to being able to stay safe at home alone. Connections serves youth entering Sixth grade through entering Ninth grade. 

Connections is available Monday–Friday during the summer at  East High School. The fees for summer include breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. 

Opportunities for middle school youth after school are offered through the Middle School After School Program. Click here for additional information. 

2019 Summer Information

2019 Summer Connections Information
  • Dates: June 17 - August 16 (Connections will be closed July 4 & 5)
  • Site: East High School
  • Grades Served: For students entering Sixth grade through entering Ninth grade. 

2019 Summer Connections Parent Handbook

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

Summer Forms

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
Summer Registration Forms
Vacation Request Forms


Field Trip Information

2019 Summer Fee Structure

Contract Option Price Notes
Consistent  $30/day Consistent 4-5 days per week
Pick Your Days $40/day Commit to 4 days per month. 

Please note that field trip dates and destinations have not yet been determined. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Connections program bill families?
All contracts will be billed out monthly.  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 Connections billing office in advance.

If your child is ill, please call 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.
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 6:00pm?
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. 
How old does my child have to be to attend the Connections program?
Summer Connections is for youth who are entering Sixth grade through Ninth grade. 

When does my youth need to wear a Connections t-shirt?
During the summer session—Youth are required to wear field trip t-shirts on days they will be offsite. Parents may purchase t-shirts at the time of registration for $7.00 per shirt. The Connections program puts in a mass t-shirt order one month prior to the summer session. Rental t-shirts will be given to youth 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.  


110 Fulton Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-387-5501
Fax: 507-387-4770

Billing Office E-Mail:

Site E-Mail: