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:

  • In-person camps have begun. Due to safety requirements, many camps have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or




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)

General Information

  • This is a new program. It is not affiliated with any before- or after-care program.
  • The program begins on September 8 at select schools throughout Howard County.
  • The program is licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Childcare. 

Registration Dates

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.

RecZone Fees 

  • 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.    5 days    $325
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    5 days    $259 
  • 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.    4 days    $260
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    4 days    $209

September Dates and Fees

  • September 8-11                   4 days
  • September 14-18                 5 days
  • September 21-25                 5 days
  • September 29-October 2   4 days
Finance/Costs/Registration Questions

Why does this program cost money? Why isn’t it free?

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.

Who qualifies for financial assistance, payment plans, vouchers, or reduced-priced care?

Below are three options you may be able to utilize.

  1. Payment plans are available to allow for flexibility. Please call 410-313-7275, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and we will work with you on a plan that meets your needs.
  2. The department also offers financial assistance to qualifying Howard County residents. Call for additional information and guidelines at 410-313-7275. 
  3. Through Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood, the Child Care Scholarship (CCS) (formerly known as Child Care Subsidy) program provides financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible working families in Maryland. The program is managed through a centralized vendor – Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central). Please visit to see if your family qualifies.

Can I do only the weeks I need? Or do I need to sign up for the entire month?

You can sign up per week. You do NOT need to sign up for the entire month.

I do not live or work in Howard County. Can I still sign up my child?

Yes. The program is first-come, first-served.

What is your refund policy?

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.


What are the locations?

Below are the tentative locations (they are subject to change).

  • Bellow Springs Elementary School, 8125 Old Stockbridge Road, Ellicott City
  • Bollman Bridge Elementary School, 8200 Savage-Guilford Road, Savage
  • Bushy Park Elementary School, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood
  • Clarksville Middle School, 6535 South Trotter Road, Clarksville
  • Dayton Oaks Elementary School, 4691 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton
  • Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge
  • Elkridge Elementary School, 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge
  • Forest Ridge Elementary School, 9550 Gorman Road, Laurel
  • Fulton Elementary School, 11600 Scaggsville Road, Fulton
  • Hanover Hills Elementary School, 7030 Banbury Drive, Hanover
  • Hollifield Station Elementary School, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City
  • Ilchester Elementary School, 4981 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, Laurel
  • Manor Woods Elementary School, 11575 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
  • Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City
  • Waverly Elementary School, 10220 Wetherburn Road, Ellicott City

If I sign up for the 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. childcare option, how will my child be online in time for the first class?

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.

Do I have to sign up at my home school?

No. You can sign up at the location that is most convenient (as long as space is available).

Why are you not including schools located in Columbia?

The Columbia Association is providing a program at Columbia locations. Please click here for more information on their program.

What does the program "look" like?

What ages may enroll in the program?

Grades K-5

How are you helping the kids with their virtual learning experience?

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).

Will you provide laptops?

No, each child should bring their needed technology (including their mouse, external keyboard, headphones, charger, etc.)

What will my child do when not in front of the computer screen doing schoolwork?

Your child will enjoy crafts, physical activities and games.

Do you have an option for middle-schoolers?

No. We will announce on this page if a program is developed.

How will you handle lunch and snacks?

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. 

How are children grouped?

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.

What are your COVID-19 safety guidelines?

Please click here for the guidelines.

How will you handle asynchronous learning and breaks between classes?

More information will be provided once school schedules are released.

Will there be time to play outside on nice days?

Yes, there will be outside time when the children’s virtual school schedules allows.

General RLC Program Overview

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 and Summer Blast Camp

July 22, 2020 – School Year and Blast Camps UPDATE:

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

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.

  1. Dayton Oaks Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 21)
  2. Elkridge Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 7)
  3. Fulton Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 21)
  4. Lime Kiln Middle (5-11 y/o; will run through August 7)
  5. Hanover Hills Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 21)
  6. Hollifield Station Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 7)
  7. Veterans Elem (5-11 y/o; will run through August 21)
  8. Mini Scholars at Dayton Oaks (4-5 y/o; will run through August 14)
  9. Teen Blast Thomas Viaduct Middle (10-15 y/o; will run through August 7)

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 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!

The RLC Administrative Team


 • Our Federal Tax ID number is 52-6000965.