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KEY Zone

K.E.Y. Zone is a collaborative program of the Duluth YMCA and the Duluth Public Schools. The program provides a safe and supervised environment for youth to receive educational support and participate in enrichment activities. Program goals include fostering enrichment and learning, development of life skills, promoting regular attendance in school, and providing year-round opportunities, including summer and break days. The program is located at all nine elementary schools and is for youth in grades K-5.

To Register:

  • A $35.00 per child registration fee is due annually and is non-refundable. Once registered for the program, you can schedule attendance and/or manage your account online.

Payment Information: Invoices are distributed electronically by the Duluth Community Education offices on the 25th of each month with payment due the 1st of each month. Outstanding balances are subject to late fees and will impact eligibility to participate in the program. Families pay their balance through scheduled monthly autopayment by credit card.

It is our goal to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to participate in services and activities. We accept childcare county assistance and have financial assistance available to those families who qualify. 

Summer Program 

K.E.Y. Zone 2024 Summer Program: Registration opens March 2024

  • Sites:  To be determined
  • Time: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

School Year Program

K.E.Y. Zone 2024-25 School Year Program: Registration opens April 2024

  • Sites: All nine elementary schools
  • Afterschool Time: 2:15-6 p.m.
  • Break Days: Open at select sites and days from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

**There will be a limited number of spots available for K.E.Y. Zone summer and school year programming. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waitlist for full sites and more spots will open as staffing and space is available. Please understand this is for the safety of our youth. No exceptions will be made at this time.**

Waiting List Information

Families can be placed on a waiting list by calling K.E.Y. Zone at 218-336-8900 x 2 or emailing Once the program has secured more space and staff, the program will enroll families from the waiting list. K.E.Y. Zone is certified by the state to provide a safe care environment with guidelines for safety including staff to student ratios.

KEY Zone Family Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Program Information

218-722-4745 x 124

Billing and Registration

218-336-8900 x 2

Congdon Park

218-336-8825 x 3
3116 E. Superior Street


218-336-8865 x 2550
4748 Howard Gnesen Road


218-336-8870 x 2602
5207 N. Tischer Road

Laura MacArthur

218-336-8900 x 3104
720 N. Central Avenue

Lester Park

218-336-8875 x 6
5300 Glenwood Street


218-336-8895 x 3022
2000 Rice Lake Road


218-722-4745 x 319
1027 N. 8th Ave. E.


218-336-8950 x 2795
2827 Chambersburg Avenue


218-722-4745 x111
715 101st Ave. W.