Preschool/Youth

Grove City Parks and Recreation works to foster physical, mental and cultural development in community members through all stages of life. From team sports and gymnastics to nature experiences to crafts, children as young as 2 years are exposed to a variety of experiences as they grow, learn and develop personalities while discovering their interests. Programs are detailed in The Source, Grove City’s guide for activities, events and news published three times each year.

RecSchool, Grove City’s preschool program based in Gantz Park, uses nature and play-based activities to encourage learning and prepare children ages 3 and 4 for school.

The before- and after-school childcare program, P.A.R.K., offers a safe, active place for children to be when not in school where they stay active physically, mentally and socially. After-school P.A.R.K. operates conveniently at five different South-Western City School District (SWCS) elementary schools serving kindergarten through grade four. Before-school P.A.R.K. is located in the Kingston Center with transportation to schools not within walking distance coordinator with SWCS and also serves intermediate school students.

RecSchool is a child-centered early childhood program for pre-kindergarten children operated by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and licensed by the State of Ohio.

dn1002 001The RecSchool staff is made up of established professionals with a variety of early childhood educational backgrounds. The program’s philosophy recognizes that children learn best through meaningful play, and the curriculum supports cognitive, physical and social development through art, literacy, music, math and science experiences. This nurturing environment prepares students for successful experiences in school and beyond by fostering competence, social skills, independence, creativity and a love of learning.

RecSchool is held at Gantz Barn in beautiful Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road. The program operates from September through May. Half-day classes are offered two or three days per week with morning classes meeting from 9-11:30 a.m. and afternoon classes meeting from 12:30-3 p.m. Children enrolled in the program must be 3 years old by Sept. 30 of the year they enter the program.

Registration for each school year begins the previous February. All parents interested in registering for the program must observe a class and meet with the RecSchool coordinator.

2017-2018 Registration

To receive registration information or to be placed on the mailing list, please call Michele Demmy at 614-871-6330.

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At Playgroup, two-year-olds and their parents enjoy an hour of free play, singing, stories and art. Classes are held at the barn in Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road.

This program operates September through May with two different Friday morning class times: 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Call Michele Demmy at 614-871-6330 for additional information or to be placed on the Playgroup mailing list.

PARKParentDayProgrammed After-school Recreation for Kids (P.A.R.K.) is a daily after-school childcare program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program takes place in the gymnasiums at Bolton Crossing, Buckeye Woods, J.C. Sommer, Highland Park, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementary schools, and runs from 2:40 to 6 p.m. every day South-Western City Schools are in session. Qualified childcare providers staff each site.

P.A.R.K. provides planned cooperative games, fitness, indoor and outdoor activities, free art, special interest activities, stations, free-choice activities and much more. Children should bring a snack to P.A.R.K. daily.

Parents of participants are responsible for reading and abiding by the information contained in the 2017-18 Parent Handbook.

2017-18 After-School P.A.R.K. Information and Forms
Each P.A.R.K packet includes: Parent Agreement, Emergency Medical and Walking Permission forms and Tuition Payment slips.

Request for Administration of MedicationMedical Care Plan

Download the P.A.R.K. Newsletters and P.A.R.K. Calendars.


Registration Information

The Buckeye Woods and J.C. Sommer sites are full; applicants will be accepted for the waiting list only.

Download the 2017-2018 PARK Registration Form.

Waiting lists for the sites are maintained throughout the year with students added on a first-come basis as space becomes available. A packet of forms, including emergency contact information, must be completed as part of the registration process.

PARKwebP.A.R.K. Before-school program creates a safe, fun environment for children in the morning hours before school starts. Children who are in kindergarten through fourth grade participate in supervised recreational activities and are given a nutritious breakfast beginning at 6 a.m.

Held at the Kingston Center, this program meets every day the South-Western City Schools are in session. Transportation to the child’s school is provided by the South-Western City Schools Transportation Department, but is only available for students enrolled at Bolton Crossing, Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, Richard Avenue and Monterey elementary schools. Before-school P.A.R.K. staff will walk J.C. Sommer students to school at 8 a.m.

Parents of participants are responsible for reading and abiding by the information contained the 2017-18 Parent Handbook.

2017-18 Before-School P.A.R.K. Information and Forms
Each P.A.R.K packet includes: Parent Agreement, Emergency Medical and Walking Permission forms and Tuition Payment slips.

Request for Administration of MedicationMedical Care Plan


Registration Information

Download the 2017-18 P.A.R.K. Registration Form.

Before-school childcare is full; applicants will be accepted for the waiting list only.

Waiting lists for the sites are maintained throughout the year with students added on a first-come basis as space becomes available. A packet of forms, including emergency contact information, must be completed as part of the registration process.

Intermediate Student Care for Before School

The P.A.R.K. program is offering before-school care for students at Park Street, Hayes and Holt Crossing intermediate schools. The program meets at the Kingston Center from 6 a.m. until transportation arrives. The fee is $105 per month and includes supervised care and activities as well as a nutritious breakfast. Holt Crossing students will be bused to school. Students from Park Street and Hayes will walk with P.A.R.K. staff to their respective schools.

Summer P.A.R.K. is a full-day childcare program offered weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program offers cooperative games, fitness, indoor and outdoor activities, free art, special interest activities, on-site mini-camps, stations, free choice activities and more. Participants also take weekly field trips, including excursions to the Big Splash Family Aquatic Center. The program is available for children in kindergarten through fourth grade; participants must have completed kindergarten before starting the program.

Summer P.A.R.K. is conveniently located at Hayes and Park Street intermediate schools, and is perfect for children on parents who live or work in Grove City or surrounding areas.

Download the summer P.A.R.K. registration form and parent handbook.

Each Summer P.A.R.K packet includes: Parent Agreement form, Summer Emergency Medical form, Field Trip permission slips, Field Trip Waiver forms, Walking Field Trip permission slip and Tuition Payment slips.

Children develop self esteem, independence and social skills through highly active games, outrageous play, special activities, free choice art and adventurous off-site trips at Summer PlayZone. This fun, outdoor-focused program takes place at the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., and runs for six weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Participants must have completed kindergarten through sixth grade before taking part in the program.

Signing up for PlayZone is completed as part of normal Spring/Summer Parks and Recreation class registration using Activity #: 106283.01. Sign up by telephone at 614-277-3050 or by fax to 614-277-3090, in-person at the Parks and Recreation office or by placing registration in the drop box in the parking lot in Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. Online registration is available 24-hours a day.