CA’s Before and After School Care: More Than a Day Care Service

School is back in session, and it’s time to get back into a regular routine before and after school. Columbia Association’s (CA) School Age Services Division offers Before and After School Care programs at 19 Howard County elementary schools and After School Care at three middle schools for parents who are in need of early morning and afternoon care for their children. Full-day programs also are available when Howard County schools are closed.

You can drop your kids off and know that they are in a safe environment. CA has been providing this service to the community for more than 30 years, and all of CA’s School Age Services programs are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education.

While attending Before and After School Care, kids can enjoy a snack, do homework, play games, take art classes taught by Columbia Art Center staff and enjoy Zumba® and Recess & Results® classes.

New to the After School Care program this year is First Friday Family Night. On the first Friday of every month beginning in October, from 5–6 p.m., parents can join the fun with their children by participating in activities and enjoying a snack.

For more information on CA’s Before and After School Care programs and how to register for the 2012–2013 school year, visit, call 410-715-3164 or send an e-mail to

Written by Mary Weeks


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