Grove City Parks and Recreation works to foster physical, mental and cultural development in community members through all stages of life. 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, based in Gantz Park, uses nature and play-based activities to encourage learning and prepare children ages 3 and 4 for school. This child-centered early childhood program for pre-kindergarten children is 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.

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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.

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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 Friday morning class times: 9:15-10:15 a.m. or 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.