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The James City County Recreation Center
The James City County Recreation Center

Williamsburg and James City County parents working long hours can rest assured their school-age children will have somewhere safe and supervised to spend time before and after school.

Elementary and middle school students in WJCC schools are eligible to take part in James City County Parks and Recreation’s state licensed before- and after-school program, REC Connect.

The program will operate much as it has for the past 25-plus years, offering a secure and enjoyable experience to kids in WJCC schools. The latest iteration of the program promises an emphasis on personal and social development, as well as access to fun and educational recreation activities.

Each WJCC elementary school offers the REC Connect before- and after-school program on site, while the three middle schools collectively use the James City County Recreation Center.

The program begins Sept. 8 – the first day of school – and runs for the duration of the school year. The before-school session begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until the start of the school day, and the after-school session begins at school dismissal and lasts until 6 p.m.

Children participating in REC Connect will take part in creative projects, active games and task-oriented activities on a daily basis.

REC Connect also boasts several enriching community partnerships. The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund provides hands-on environmental education activities, and the Williamsburg Regional Library hosts a monthly “Books for Breakfast” reading initiative.

Cost of attendance varies from $35 to $65 per week, depending on the age of the student and the session in which he or she participates.

Punch cards and drop-in rates are available for children who wish to attend more sporadically, and a discount program is offered for families who have the financial need.

Interested parents can view the complete REC Connect handbook here, and register here.