Child Care K - 8th

School Year 23-24 Registration has ended. All sites are full. To be added to a waitlist, please click the link to the right. 

Fun & Friends Mission: 

We strive to provide age-appropriate care and meaningful learning experiences through enrichment and recreational activities led by caring, supportive staff. We are committed to providing quality year-round programming for our youth, building nurturing relationships, and a connection to the community.

About Us:

Fun & Friends is a school age care program for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. We have served the students of Brainerd Public Schools for over 30 years, providing age-appropriate fun, recreational activities. Care is provided before school, after school, on non-school days, and over the summer. 


  • Baxter Elementary
  • Harrison Fun & Friends (also servicing students from Lowell and Garfield Elementary - school year site only)
  • Nisswa Elementary
  • Riverside Elementary
Students must attend programming at the school at which they attend. Forestview students may attend at the Baxter, Harrison, or Nisswa locations.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday- Friday
  • Before School: 6:30am-7:45am
  • After School: 2:45pm-6:00pm
  • Full Day Events: 6:30am-6:00pm

*Closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Spring Holiday (the Friday before Easter), Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, The Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

Rates & Fees:

  • Annual Registration Fee: $30/per child
  • Before School Care: $5/day
  • After School Care: $15 for 1-2 days/week, $12 for 3 days/week, $10 for 4-5 days/week         
  • Non-School Days Care: $40/day 

More information can be found in the Fun & Friends Handbook.




    Fun & Friends
    Sign up for the
    waitlist here!

    For assistance please call
    or contact Cassandra Hale, Fun & Friends secretary, at [email protected].

    alexis weber
    Alexis Weber
    Fun & Friends Coordinator

    C Hale
    Cassandra Hale
    Child Care Secretary

    Francisco Hernandez
    Riverside Site Supervisor

    Erika Riesner-Havok
    Baxter Elementary Site Supervisor

    Karlie Ray
    Karlie Ray
    Nisswa Elementary Site Supervisor

    Pamela Bloomer
    Harrison Elementary Site Supervisor

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