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 section of Discover Grove City magazine, published six 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 six South-Western City School District (SWCSD) elementary schools serving kindergarten through grade four. Before-school P.A.R.K., which also serves intermediate school students, is located in the Kingston Center and includes transportation to schools not within walking distance provided by the SWCSD Transportation Department.

COVID-19 UPDATE: RecSchool is currently closed. To be added to a waiting list for the 2020-2021 school year, call 614-871-6330.

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 supervisor.

Download the RecSchool newsletter.

Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is full.
To receive information or to be placed on the mailing list, please call Michele Demmy at 614-871-6330.

Class Information – Registration Information – Registration Dates

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At Playgroup, 2-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.

PARKParentDayCOVID-19 UPDATE: Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. are closed for the remainder of the school year. The programs will follow the SWCSD schedule when schools reopen.   

Programmed 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 Buckeye Woods, J.C. Sommer, Highland Park, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementary schools, and runs from 2:40 to 6 p.m. every day the SWCSD is in session. The program does not operate when the SWCSD is closed for inclement weather. 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 Parent Handbook. To ensure proper care of your child, a number of forms must be completed and returned to the office before the child may participate in the program.


2020-2021 Registration Information

Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. for the 2020-2021 school year is rescheduled.

  • Returning families have priority registration through 5 p.m., Friday, May 29.
    Registration can be made via email, mail or drop box. Returning families should have received a registration form; contact the office 614-277-3050 if you did not receive a form or if you have questions.
  • Families new to the program can register for the program beginning 8 a.m., Monday, June 1. Please review this information sheet for new families. A form will be available online after May 29. 

2020-2021 After-school P.A.R.K. will take place in the gymnasiums at Buckeye Woods, J.C. Sommer, Highland Park, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementary schools from 2:40 to 6 p.m. every day the SWCSD is in session. The program does not operate when the SWCSD is closed.

Current participants enjoy an early registration period. Students are added on a first-come basis as space is available. A packet of forms, including emergency contact information, must be completed and a $30 non-refundable registration fee must be paid as part of the registration process.

The 2020-2021 P.A.R.K. Registration Form will be available to the public May 30.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. are closed. The programs will continue to follow the SWCSD schedule and will resume operation when schools reopen.   

P.A.R.K. Before-school program creates a safe, fun environment for children in the morning hours before school starts for elementary (kindergarten through fourth grade) and intermediate (fifth and sixth grade) school students. The program meets at the Kingston Center from 6 a.m. until it is time for transportation, and includes supervised care and recreational activities as well as breakfast.

This program meets every day the SWCSD is in session; it does not operate when the SWCSD is closed for inclement weather. Transportation to the child’s school is provided by the SWCSD Transportation Department for students enrolled at Bolton Crossing, Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, Richard Avenue and Monterey elementary schools, and Holt Crossing intermediate school. Before-school P.A.R.K. staff walk J.C. Sommer elementary as well as Park Street and Hayes intermediate school students to their respective schools.

Parents of participants are responsible for reading and abiding by the information contained in the
2019-2020 Before-school Parent Handbook

2019-2020 Before-School P.A.R.K. Information and Forms: Parent Agreement, Emergency Medical form and Tuition Payment slips.

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2020-2021 Registration Information

COVID-19 UPDATE: Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. for the 2020-2021 school year will be rescheduled for when the Parks and Recreation Office returns to normal operation. Current participants will still enjoy an early registration period. 

2020-2021 Before-school P.A.R.K. will take place at the Kingston Center for students enrolled at Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, J.C. Sommer, Richard Avenue and Monterey elementary schools, and Holt Crossing, Park Street and Hayes intermediate schools. The program does not operate when the SWCSD is closed.

Current participants enjoy an early registration period. Students are added on a first-come basis as space is available. A registration form, including emergency contact information, must be completed and a $30 non-refundable registration fee must be paid as part of the registration process.

View the 2019-2020 P.A.R.K. Registration Form.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Registration for 2020 Summer P.A.R.K. will open to public after the Parks and Recreation Office returns to normal operation. Program dates are subject to change based on the SWCSD schedule.    

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 Monterey Park and Richard Avenue elementary schools, and is perfect for children on parents who live or work in Grove City or surrounding areas. The 2020 program operates for 10 weeks, Monday, June 8 through Friday, Aug. 14. There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Total tuition is $1,285, divided into three payments of $395.

Registration for 2020 Summer P.A.R.K. must be done in the Parks and Recreation Office in the Kingston Center. Complete a registration form and pay the $100 deposit to complete registration. Current P.A.R.K. participants enjoy an early registration period – check for details at the site parent tables.

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 eight weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Participants must have completed kindergarten through fourth grade before taking part in the program.