P.A.R.K. Childcare Programs

COVID-19 UPDATE | The P.A.R.K. program is suspended through SWCSD Winter Break to coincide with the district’s transition to remote learning.

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 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.

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.

We Are Hiring!

P.A.R.K. is hiring staff for before- and after-school child care. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, visit the Grove City employment opportunities page.

2020-2021 Registration Information

Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. for the 2020-2021 school year is now open to the public.

Open spots are filled on a first-come basis based upon the time of application.
Some sites are at capacity. Call 614-277-3050 to confirm spots are still available before attempting to register.

Registration is currently available by the following methods:

  • Phone: 614-277-3050
  • Email: parks@GroveCityOhio.gov
  • Mail: Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., Grove City, OH 43123
  • Drop box: silver box located on the parking-lot side of the Kingston Center

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 building is closed for any reason, scheduled or unscheduled (inclement weather, utility issues, communicable disease outbreaks, etc.).

Current participants enjoy an early registration period (ended May 29). 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.

Download the 2020-2021 P.A.R.K. Registration Form.

After-school P.A.R.K.

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, 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 any reason including inclement weather, maintenance issues or health concerns. Qualified childcare providers staff each site.

The Highland Park site is currently on hold due to staffing issues.

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 and water bottle 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.

Before-school P.A.R.K.

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.

Summer P.A.R.K.

COVID-19 UPDATE:
Due to lack of programming space to accommodate small groups separately and the challenges of keeping shared spaces and equipment (restroom, athletic equipment, etc.) sanitized, it is not feasible for Grove City Parks and Recreation to offer Summer P.A.R.K. or PlayZone for 2020.    

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. 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.

Play Zone

COVID-19 UPDATE:
Due to lack of programming space to accommodate small groups separately and the challenges of keeping shared spaces and equipment (restroom, athletic equipment, etc.) sanitized, it is not feasible for Grove City Parks and Recreation to offer Summer P.A.R.K. or PlayZone for 2020.    

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.