Finding Childcare

The Early Childhood Center and Montessori Program

The Early Childhood Center and Montessori Program is located in the lower level of St. Mary's Hall on the St. Paul campus and provides care to children ages 33 months to 6 years.

  • The Children's Center is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For further information, contact the Center at 651.690.6608
  • The Center's address is: Mail #4116, St. Paul Campus, St. Mary Hall, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Sick Childcare Resources

Katie BabySitters

  • The child-friendly study rooms on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campus each contain a 3-ring binder listing St. Kate's students who are interested in babysitting. Their availability and special skills are listed. Access and Success has not interviewed these students, therefore we recommend you interview and visit with them before hiring, as well as establish an agreed upon rate.
  • If you are a Katie interested in providing childcare, fill out this form and submit to Access and Success offices. Learn more »

Rec Check

  • Rec Check is a free after-school program for youth, grades 1-6, provided at select recreation centers in the city of St. Paul. Youth check in with a staff person when arriving at the center and check out when leaving. Parents can request to be notified when their child does not check in at the center. Rec Check is for youth who live in Saint Paul or go to school in Saint Paul.

Agencies who Have Childcare Provider Lists and Subsidy Applications

Drop-in/short term

Summer Camps and Programs

Help Paying for Childcare

Post-secondary MN Child Care Grant

  • If you are not currently receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Assistance, you may be eligible for a child care grant through the Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Program at St. Catherine University. In addition to not receiving MFIP, eligible students must:
    • have a child under 12 years
    • meet the program's income guidelines
    • be enrolled at least half time
  • Student parents must also apply for financial aid and complete the Child Care Grant application. For more detailed information about the program, contact the Financial Aid office at 651.690.6067.

Crisis Childcare

Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery works in partnership with parents in crisis and the community to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The crisis nursery supports families in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through it's free, voluntary services including:

Grant for Emergency Child Care Assistance

Emergency assistance is available to student parents in the event of a child care emergency. Typically students utilize emergency child care funds in the event that they need to pay for sick child care so that they can attend classes, go to clinicals, or to take a test. The fund is also available for other short-term child care emergencies. Access and Success also has information on other child care assistance programs.

If you are in need of emergency child care, please contact an Access and Success staff person as soon as you are able.