Wicomico County opening student learning program at Civic Center

WICOMICO CO., Md. – The Wicomico County Civic Center is typically home to live events and concerts but with those shows canceled due to the pandemic, they’re getting creative by transforming some of the space into a learning center for students.

“We’ve been looking for ways to still be able to serve the community and their child care needs as well as a variety of other ways,” says James Simmons, the Recreation Superintendent for Wicomico County Recreation & Parks.

During a time when students aren’t physically in schools and some families are struggling to find child care, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism is opening a new Kids Klub Learning Center. “We often run a lot of after school programs typically, pre-COVID, so obviously those have not been happening right now with school being virtual,” says Simmons.

The center will officially open on October 5th to serve Wicomico County Students grades 2 through 5 and follow their individual school’s online curriculum. “On Wednesdays when they typically have asynchronous learning, they’ll have the opportunity to do that but we will also have a lot more games and activities structured for them on those days,” says Simmons.

The Midway Room is empty now but soon there will be tables for each child and they will of course access to WiFi. They’ll also be served breakfast and lunch. “We see our role as being a part of this community and trying to meet needs in the community and right now this is a need,” says Steve Miller, the Director of Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism.

Currently they’re planning to have three classrooms, each with 13 students and two staff members as they are in the process of hiring for those positions. “We’re definitely looking for more staff. The more staff we can find, the more help we can give to the community, the more kids we can get in here,” says Simmons.

Children can be enrolled on a weekly basis for $128 per week per child, a price point that officials hope is affordable for families. “At some point we hope life gets back to normal and we’ll do the things we typically do but right now this is what’s needed and we’re excited to be a part of it,” says Miller.

When early voting rolls around, the learning center will be temporarily moved from the Midway Room to the Danang Room and it will be closed for election week.

Officials say $49,617 in federal coronavirus relief funds through the CARES Act helped make this center a reality. The funding was secured in coordination with the Wicomico County Health Department.

The job description and application process can be found online at http://bit.ly/WicomicoRecJobs.

The Kids Klub Learning Center hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Families are responsible for their own transportation.

Registration is open now. Visit https://bit.ly/KidsKlub-LC to begin the enrollment process.

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