This program is designed for students in Preschool through 2nd grade.  Afterschool schedules are flexible to work with the Preschool and Headstart programs.  


Monday-Friday, from school dismissal to 5:30pm. The After-School Program will run only when school is in session. We are not open on snow days.


Merritt Elementary

5529 Emerald Ave.

Mountain Iron, MN 55768


Member Rate: $50 weekly rate

Non Member Rate: $75 weekly rate

Scholarships are available.

Student Membership are available for $10 a month.

Can I register online?

Yes! Click the Register for Programs button in the upper right hand corner of this page. Click log-in to access your account or choose Find My Account if you are already a member. Search for Merritt After-school. Select the days your child will be attending and answer the questions (if you are a returning most of your information should be saved from previous years and all you’ll need to do is update any changes of address or contact information if there have been any changes). Once registered, you can view a summary of your enrollment, change your days as you need to, and make payments or schedule payments

Where should my child go to join the program after the bell rings?

Students will be brought right to the elementary cafeteria by one of the Merritt teachers.

Where do I pick up my child?

Pick up areas change depending on the activity.  Always go to the cafeteria first to pick up your child belongings and to find out where they are.  There will always be a sign posted next to the sign out area.  Kids will likely be in the cafeteria, library or outside at the playground.  When Merritt has Swim Days they will be picked up at the YMCA.  Notice will always be sent out for Swim Days. 

Do I have to be there for pick up?

It is required that a parent signs their child out. We want to have verbal and visual contact with each parents at the finish of each day so we can pass along any important information.

Can my child just show up the day of or do I have to register in advance?

It is required that your child is registered ahead of time. If a child is not on the roster, they will not be able to participate. They will remain in the school office and parents will be notified. You can register up to 12:00pm on the day of the program by calling ahead to the Y's front desk or to the Youth and Family Services Director.

What if my kid can't come, do I get a refund?

To cancel your child’s enrollment, you must notify the YMCA by 12:00pm on the day of the program. If your child is signed up for a day and can no longer attend, you will not get a refund if the change was not submitted by noon on the program date.

What should/shouldn't my child bring?

Here’s a list of things that your child will need for the program

  • Bring a water bottle, layers of clothes to accommodate for changes of weather or accidents, weather appropriate footwear for outside play, and any medicine or required medical devices such as Epi-pens and inhalers.
  • For Swim Days, bring a swim suit and towel. Notice will be given prior.
  • NOT allowed: valuables, bikes/skate boards, or any electronic devices.
When and how do I make a payment?

Payments are due the Friday before the next week starts. You can make a payment of any size at any time as long as it is prior to the Friday before your week. For example, you can pay one lump sum for all of the After School Program, set up bi-monthly or weekly payments – either make the payment on your online account, stop in to see us, give us a call, or set up scheduled payments to automatically withdrawn on certain dates.

Are Scholarships available?

Yes! You can always apply for our Open Doors Scholarships.  Funds are not guaranteed as they go by your income and are a first come, first serve basis.  Click here to find out more information.