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Anne Arundel County to open child care sites for essential personnel

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will open three Essential Personnel School Age (EPSA) sites to offer child care services for essential employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This service is open only to those individuals defined under Governor Hogan’s executive order of March 25.

Child care service began Monday at the South County Recreation Center and North Arundel Aquatic Center and will begin Tuesday at Arundel Olympic Swim Center in Annapolis. Registration is open fior both sites. Persons eligible for this service may find information and registration forms online at  and questions can be directed to or by calling 410-222-7856 ext. 0.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced March 26 that all child care providers were ordered to be closed by the end of the day March 27th except those serving essential personnel. At that time she also announced the free child care program for essential personnel only. Essential persons are defined explicitly in the governor’s executive order.

Children attending EPSA child care will be cared for with ratios of one staff member to no more than nine children. Parents are strongly urged to keep children at home as the first and best option to protect them from the COVID-19 virus. EPSA site activities will be limited based upon the location/space available. In general, activities will include: arts & crafts, games, and outdoor play (weather/space permitting).  All locations will be open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for children 4 to 12 years old.

Anne Arundel County has three designated EPSA sites and is pursuing additional sites in the future to meet demand as needed.

The current locations and opening dates are:

  • South County Recreation Center (SCRC) — Planned opening: Monday. 4510 Owensville Sudley Road, Harwood, MD 20776. 16 openings for children. Free and open only to essential personnel.
  • North Arundel Aquatic Center (NAAC) — Planned opening: Monday. 7888 Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD 21061. 16 openings for children. Free/open only to essential personnel.
  • Arundel Olympic Swim Center (AOSC) — Planned opening: Tuesday. 2690 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. 16 openings for children. Free/open only to essential personnel.

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