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.

Mike Diegel

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Mike Diegel