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1/12/2016 - 01.12.16 Howard County seeks nominees for annual “Community Sports Hall of Fame” READ MORE
12/9/2015 - 12.9.15 Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks receives International Best Programming Award READ MORE
12/4/2015 - 12.4.15 Centennial Lake water level to be lowered for dam repairs READ MORE
11/3/2015 - 11.3.15 Local high school students compete in 2nd annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ engineering competition READ MORE
9/2/2015 - 09.02.15 Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Deer Management Program for 2015-2016 READ MORE
7/21/2015 - 07.21.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE
7/10/2015 - 07.10.15 Howard County Champion Tree succumbs to Dutch elm disease at Belmont Manor and Historic Park READ MORE
7/6/2015 - 07.06.15 Executive Kittleman attends county camps to promote fitness and National Parks and Recreation Month READ MORE
7/1/2015 - 07.01.15 Howard County announces 2015 “Community Sports Hall of Fame” induction class READ MORE
6/25/2015 - 06.25.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE

Recreational Licensed Child Care (RLC)

Recreational Licensed Child Care is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, quality program for the youth of Howard County.  Our programs take children as young as 2 ½ years up through middle school. We offer a full array of child care programs and all of these programs and all of the staff are licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care.  The Howard County Department of 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. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate person in the Recreational Licensed Child Care (RLC) Division 

2015-2016 Recreational Licensed Childcare (RLC) & Early Learning Center (ELC) Open Registration has begun. Registration requires a $50 non-refundable registration; in addition to the first payment for childcare, per child. Registration is required annually. To register via phone with credit/debit card or electronic check, please contact our registration office, Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM, at 410-313-7275. Credit card/debit card, checks and cash are accepted via mail or walk-in, with the coupon or application at Howard County Recreation & Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia, MD 21046.
RLC Registration Flier
Programs: 

  • Early Learning Centers: Pre-school programs that run from September thru May.  
  • Elementary School: Before and after-school programs.  
  • Middle School (Can-TEEN Club): After-school programs.
  • Optional Full Day Care:  For days when schools are closed. Click here for a chart with all of the current school year Optional Days.
  • Therapeutic Recreation: After school programs for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Summer Sunsations: Our summer camp program, running seven consecutive weeks with all day care available (7am to 6pm).
  • Homework Club:  This is a grant-funded program for the children of Ellicott City through a partnership with Howard County Housing, the Board of Education, Recreation and Parks and the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP). The program helps children with their homework and provides additional academic assistance to improve school performance. It is a well-rounded program that includes sports, arts and crafts, social activities, and special events.
Applications and Required Forms 
Registration and Payment Information 
Contact Recreational Licensed Child Care (RLC) Division
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