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Children & Families

Children & Families

Child Care, Summer, and After-school Programs

Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
(507) 645-4723 or (507) 332-6115

The CCAP helps parents with lower incomes pay for childcare. 


Rice County Childcare
Government Services Building
320 Third Street NW
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 332-6115 or (507) 645-9576

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

List of licensed childcare providers in Northfield.


Kid Ventures
(507) 664-3750

Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
Bridgewater, Greenvale Park, Sibley Elementary schools

Flexible enrollment options:

  • Set Weekly Schedule
  • Monthly Calendar Schedule
  • School Release Days
  • Late Start Wednesdays


Summer Ventures
(507) 664-3750


Early Ventures Learning Center
(507) 645-1216

Variety of schedules, fee options and locations.
Licensed childcare for infants, toddlers and preschools.

Financial Assistance for Kids Activities and School Supplies

Northfield Community Action Center (CAC)
1651 Jefferson Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-3550

Operation Backpack
Coordinated by the Northfield United Methodist Church, this program provides supplies for school-aged children.

Scholarships for Extracurricular Activities, Sports, and Camps
Some scholarship money is available to help families pay for kids to participate in extra-curricular activities and camps.


Northfield Mentoring Programs
Northfield Promise
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite 128
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-3524

 Call to request a mentor for your child or to volunteer to be a mentor.

Activities for School-Age Children

Northfield Arts Guild
304 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 645-8877

The Northfield Arts Guild offers many classes in art, theater,
and dance. Scholarships are available.

Northfield Youth Choirs
205 South Water Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-9335

Kindergarten through twelfth grade. After-school program before
rehearsals. Transportation provided from all Northfield Public Elementary Schools. Scholarships are available.

Northfield YMCA
501 Honeylocust Drive
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 645-0088

The YMCA has special programs available for kids when school is out
(no one is turned away because of the inability to pay).

Northfield Youth Sports Opportunities
Northfield Community Services Division  
Community Action Center
1651 Jefferson Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-3649 or (507) 664-3550

There are many sports to choose from. See the seasonal brochure for a listing of available sports. There are scholarships available for all sports.

Girl Scouts 
(800) 845-0787

Visit the website or call to find out information about a local troop as well as register for membership
and camp/fun summer activities Financial assistance is available! 

Boy Scouts 
(877) 231-7276

Visit the website or call to find out more information about local troops. Financial assistance is available.

After School Programs for Middle Schoolers and Teens

The Key
Northfield Union of Youth
109 6th Street W
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 663-0715

Everyday 3:00 pm -10:00 pm

Membership in the Northfield Union of Youth is free to all Northfield youth from ages 12-20 years. Programs and activities include art night, main street mentors, book club, writing workshops, game night, and more.

Middle School Youth Center
Community Services Office
Location: Northfield Middle School
2200 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-3655

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

The Middle School Youth Center (MSYC) is a free after-school program, for 6th – 8th grade students. Drop in for homework assistance, skills workshops, recreation and cultural activities

Activities for Children with Disabilities

Project ABLE
Community Services
1651 Jefferson Parkway
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-3648

Organizes activities and classes for middle school children with special needs.  

 Help Me Grow
(866) 693-4769

Some babies and young children need extra help to learn and grow. While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Help Me Grow is a program that helps those young children develop. Eligible children can receive services in their home, childcare setting or school. These services are free to eligible children, regardless of income or immigrant status.


Awesome Club
Weekly social skills development program for teens with an Autism-spectrum disorder.

Northfield High School: meets Thursday 2:45pm-3:30pm during the school year. (507) 645-0630

Northfield Middle School: meets Thursday 3pm-4pm during the school year.
(507) 663-0650