Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Modified School Year Program

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Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Modified School Year Program

For Immediate Release: August 28, 2020

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) will offer a full-day program that supports ACPS Virtual PLUS+ learning for elementary school aged children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program will be offered from September 14 through December 18 at Mount Vernon and Patrick Henry Recreation Centers. Recreation Leaders will provide supervision of ACPS virtual learning from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and after school recreation from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The program fee is $460, or $228 with free/reduced priced school meals documentation; $190 with SNAP benefits; or $114 with TANF benefits.

To ensure the safety of participants and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, each program will follow all federal, state and local guidelines and has limited capacity. As a result, the programs are available to City residents only and are designed to meet the needs of essential workers who have limited options for childcare. Program eligibility will be prioritized by essential worker status, financial assistance status, and available space in classrooms of 10 children by grade.

Alexandria residents interested in participating are required to verify eligibility by completing a Pre-Registration Eligibility Form. The form is available online in both English and Spanish at Paper copies will be available beginning on Saturday, August 29. To request that a paper copy be mailed or to make an in-person appointment to complete the form, call the Registration and Reservation Office at 703.746.5414. Or, a questionnaire can be picked up and dropped off at an outdoor drop box at the following locations:

  • Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue

Eligibility forms must be submitted by September 4 and all applicants will be contacted September 8-9. Eligible families must complete their registration by September 11. Once the pre-registration process is complete, general registration for any remaining capacity will begin September 14 online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please see the ACPS Virtual Plus+ Childcare page for information about additional services provided by RPCA and other partners. Visit for more information about programs offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

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