Howard Launches RecZone Program to Address Childcare Needs

Howard County announced a new program, “RecZone,” delivered by the Department of Recreation & Parks to help families meet childcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will be open starting September 8 for students in grades K-5 to receive support for virtual learning assignments, work sessions, crafts, physical activities, and games at select Howard County Public Schools.

From the press release:

“Safe, accessible childcare is an urgent need as more residents return to work and as our schools remain virtual for the Fall,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “Our Department of Recreation and Park’s partnership with the Howard County School System will provide safe programming to meet the needs of Howard County families.”

RecZone childcare will be offered five days a week, excluding school holidays. Parents can choose between two schedules, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ($325 per week) or 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ($259 per week), and financial assistance will be available to those that qualify. The program is licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Childcare.

“As many parents return to the workplace, RecZone will provide flexible, safe childcare options for families,” said Recreation & Parks Director Raul Delerme. “In the past, parents have relied on us for reliable before and aftercare programs offered through our Recreational Licensed Childcare and Community Services division. RecZone will give families the opportunity to enroll in an engaging recreation-based program as they navigate these unique times we are experiencing.”

Each group will have a maximum of 15 people, including two staff members and 13 children due to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

See full press release.

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