Howard Co. offering discounted childcare rates for K-5 students

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 16:41:03-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County on Wednesday announced they would distribute some of their share of federal CARES Act funding to subsidize a new childcare program, run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

It's called RecZone, and it's for school students from any county in grades K through 5.

The funding will reduce weekly costs to $219 for kids attending from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and $185 for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Though discounted rates will be offered starting Wednesday, the first official day of the program will be September 8 with the last day being December 31.

Parents who already registered their kids will receive a credit to their account making up the difference in pricing.

RecZone is expected to be offered at 16 different public elementary schools throughout Howard County.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited to about 416 kids.

The county says each school will have two separate groups of up to 13 children enrolled at a time. Two staff members will monitor each group.

Students attending RecZone can get help with virtual learning and participate in crafts, educational activities, cultural theme days, physical activities, playtime outside, and games.

Here's a list of elementary schools teaming with RecZone.

  • Bellows Spring 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

To register your child, click here.