The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr.

In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs.

The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by Gov. Larry Hogan that requires public schools to open after Labor Day.

“The later start of the school year presented a challenge for many hard-working families who may not have an option to take additional time off from work,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in a press release. “Extending the summer camp offerings is an example of how our Recreation Department and public schools work together to ensure our children have the highest quality of programs and services and demonstrates how the county supports families who are juggling many responsibilities.”

The Recreation Department will add 40 more full or half-day programs to help meet the need.

The department also offers a number of camps to promote active and healthy lifestyles for children this summer. A summer program catalogue is available at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. Print copies can be found at community recreation centers, parks, aquatic centers, senior centers and public libraries.

Camp registration is available at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org or by mail, fax to 240-777-6818 or in person at most recreation and parks, including community recreation centers, ice rinks, tennis centers, aquatic facilities and at the department’s offices at 4010 Randolph Rd.

For more information, call 240-777-6840.