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Recreation and Education Centers (REC)

Proud Partner of the Wake Families And Schools Together (FAST) Initiative

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Overview Locations Weather Policy

This program is not currently being offered by Raleigh Parks.

The Recreation and Education Center (REC) program is designed for elementary and middle school students participating in traditional, year-round, and modified school calendars, home school students, and participants enrolled in virtual learning. This program strives to provide a fun environment modified for the safety of staff and participants. Program operational hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Recreation and Education Centers (REC) activities will include arts and crafts, active and quiet games, outdoor activities, physical activity, movies, cards and board games, and other activities. Time during the day will be designated for each participant to participate in remote learning, digital time and/or a quiet activity.

Participants will be assigned to a group, called a “household”, upon arrival at the center. Each household will be limited to 15 participants or less and will be assigned to a home base.  Activities have been modified so that any shared equipment will be used only by one household or sanitized between household use and group contact will be limited to no more than two households. Locations with gymnasiums will be shared spaces allowing for active indoor recreation opportunities during the day. Households may alternate use of home base and gym spaces. Outside time will be scheduled as frequently as possible, weather permitting. This includes using picnic shelters or outside spaces for meal times and activities. Program use of outdoor amenities will be consistent with federal, state and local guidance. Group bathroom breaks and individual breaks will be provided.  

Program Cost

  • Participant not qualified for free/reduced lunch: City resident- $120/week | Non-city resident - $135/week
  • Participant qualifies for free/reduced lunch: City resident - $40/week | Non-city resident - $55/week
  • A $5 registration fee per week, per child is due at the time of registration. The first payment is due on the first day of the program. Each subsequent payment will be due monthly and will be for the care within that month (i.e. October payment due will be for the weeks of 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 and 10/26)
  • Financial Assistance Application
  • Submit proof of free and reduced lunch to
  • I cannot pay for all camps in full, can I request a payment plan?
    Yes, you may request a payment plan; however, there is a $5 deposit
    due at the time of registration. To select a payment plan, click “Request
    Payment Plan” under each week of camp. Once your registration is
    complete, your receipt and payment plan schedule will be emailed to you.

See how to register here.


Program Locations and Staff for Grades K-5 

  • Brier Creek - 919-420-2340
    • Program Managers: Sean Quigley, Krystal Jones, Scott Graham
  • Worthdale - 919-996-2730
    • Program Managers: Kiara Bridges, Carletta Moore, Troy Smith

Program Locations and Staff for Grades 6-8

  • Worthdale - 919-996-4770
    • Program Managers: Jason Jones

Example Schedule

Schedules can be altered by site and as needed for program and weather conditions. The program schedule may vary for middle school programming.

  • 8 to 9 a.m. Arrival and choice play in home base, outside and/or gym per designated schedule
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Remote learning, quiet activity, and/or digital time in home base 
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. Morning snack and bathroom break with extra remote learning time 
  • 11 to 11:45 a.m. Active activity in gym or outside space 
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch and board games in home base with bathroom breaks and digital time 
  • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Organized activity in gym or outside
  • 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Organized art activity in home base
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m. Group bathroom break and afternoon snack
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. Brain boosters game or equivalent
  • 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Organized activity in gym or outside
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m. Group bathroom break and return to homerooms for checkout

Weather Policy

In inclement weather situations please check the status of program operations by calling 919-996-6165.






Contact by Location Manager:
Brier Creek - 919-420-2340
Laurel Hills - 919-996-2383
Millbrook Exchange - 919-996-4156
Worthdale - 919-996-2730

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