Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.
Join us for an all-day program to keep your child safely engaged with their peers while schools are currently not in session. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of crafts, active activities, games and more! Program is licensed through the MSDE Office of Childcare; Specific Documentation required to participate. Participants, with proper technology, will have the opportunity to complete virtual learning assignments and work sessions. Temperature Checks and Health Screening required daily for admission to program. Click here to register.
RecZone Program Press Release (August 12, 2020)
RecZone's COVID-19 Guidelines (August 10, 2020)
Friday, August 14 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration will open for Howard County families interested in childcare for the month of September.
Friday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m
Registration will open on for non-Howard-County families for the month of September
for Howard County Families interested in October through January.
Friday, August 28 at 8:00 a.m.
Registration will open on for non-Howard County Families interested in October through January.
September Dates and Fees
RecZone is a recreational licensed childcare program; this program is not part of the Howard County Public School System but rather a childcare program that is being permitted in each school. This childcare program is a self-sustaining program and is not funded by tax-payer money.
Below are three options you may be able to utilize.
You can sign up per week. You do NOT need to sign up for the entire month.
Yes. The program is first-come, first-served.
At a minimum, all refund requests are subject to a 20% administrative fee. Additional fees may be assessed to recover costs associated with the program. There are no refunds for missed sessions.
Below are the tentative locations (they are subject to change).
We will work with you to ensure that your child is “on time” for their virtual check in. For example, you may arrive at 8:45 a.m. to begin the check-in procedure.
No. You can sign up at the location that is most convenient (as long as space is available).
The Columbia Association is providing a program at Columbia locations. Please click here for more information on their program.
Staff will help facilitate the learning day. Children receive support for virtual learning assignments and work sessions. Examples: staff will help children to log in, assist with technical issues (as able), help them follow their school schedule (ensure they are logging on at the appropriate time for each class).
No, each child should bring their needed technology (including their mouse, external keyboard, headphones, charger, etc.)
Your child will enjoy crafts, physical activities and games.
No. We will announce on this page if a program is developed.
Snacks will be provided for children in 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. care. Children should bring a lunch and refillable water bottle.
Each group will have a maximum of 15 people (two staff and thirteen children). If able, older children will be in one group and younger children will be in a different group.
Please click here for the guidelines.
More information will be provided once school schedules are released.
Yes, there will be outside time when the children’s virtual school schedules allows.
Recreational Licensed Child Care is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing program for the youth of Howard County. Our programs take children as young as three years and go through middle school. We offer a full array of child care programs, all programs and staff are licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care. All programs are participants the Maryland EXCELS program. Howard County Recreation and Parks is a recognized leader in opportunities for individuals with disabilities and is pleased to comply with all Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) regulations. Accommodations are made on an individual basis.
School Year – Since HCPSS 2020-2021 school year will be virtual from September 8 – January 28; Recreation and Parks is deferring the first child care payment (typically due on July 17) until Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Parents who feel they will need before and/or after care if children return to schools on February 1, 2021 do not need to do anything at this time. Please know we will continue to post updates here as necessary. If you have a question, our Registration Team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are researching the possibility of offering a fall program that meets the needs of parents. We are looking into ‘school day’ and before and after care options that would be a separate program and registration to our normal school day program that is on hold until February 1, 2021. We will reach out to current customers with updates when we have them and continue to post updates on this page too.
Camps - We are very excited to say that our Blast camps are rolling along and the children are really enjoying the time spent with their peers! They have had to chance to get creative; tye-dying shirts, creating their own dances and staying active with outside games (socially distanced of course). With schools beginning September 8, we have been able to an additional week of care at select locations.
Please see the list of locations and dates below:
Our camps run from 7am – 6pm, Monday -Friday at $299/week.
To register for any of these programs, you can use the links below or call our Registration Department at (410) 313 – 7275.
Mini Scholars Registration (Ages 4-5)
Summer Blast (Ages 5 - 11)
Teen Blast (Ages 11 - 13)
If your child(ren) are enrolled in a Blast camp and you would like to withdraw your child(ren) from the camp for a full refund, please just contact our Registration Team at email@example.com or 410.313.7275. Please include your child’s name, the name of the camp and weeks they were registered for. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stephanie Wise at swise@howardcountymd,.gov or 410.313.4712. Thank you for your time and be well!
• Our Federal Tax ID number is 52-6000965.