Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Kids on Campus Administration Office?Our offices are located at the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development in Suite 100 of the Hickory Ridge Building. Our normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. daily during the school year, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. during the summer.
Are there exceptions to the ages listed in each class?Students who will meet the minimum age requirement by class start date are eligible to take the class. Students who are in advanced classes or classes beyond their grade level may request an override to register for academic classes above their age level. Official documentation of advanced status will be required. Parents with specific questions about this may call the Kids on Campus staff at 443-518-4110.
Before and After Care
Where is Before Care and After Care located?If your child participates in the Before Care or After Care option, he/she will be located in Hickory Ridge. Parents/guardians who are experiencing an emergency or expect to pick up their student(s) after 6:30 p.m. are asked to call 443-518-4110 to inform our staff. A late fine of $5 per 15 minutes will be charged for children picked up after 6:30 p.m. If your child is absent on a certain day and is signed up for after care, you must notify our office at 443-518-4110 so that his/her absence can be communicated to the aftercare program aides. This is because we must know where your child is at all times.
Books and Supplies
Do I need to buy textbooks or supplies for my children's classes?
In most cases, the supply/materials/lab fee/textbook is included in the cost of the class. Classes needing special supplies will have that information listed in the class description.
Where are the classes held?
Most classes are held in the Hickory Ridge Building of Howard Community College. Some specialized classes are held in labs and rooms throughout campus including: Duncan Hall (DH), the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Building, or the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts (HVPA) Building. If your student is taking a class in a building other than Hickory Ridge, he/she will be escorted to and from classes by our aides. *Parents will need to escort late students to class.
Students participating in Athletic Camps should report directly to the Athletic and Fitness Center and/or Dragon Athletic Complex on HCC's campus.
View HCC's Columbia campus location, maps and directions here.
For directions to the Hickory Ridge Building, type "Hickory Ridge Building" into Google maps. The address "10650 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, MD 21044" may appear.
What time do classes start?
Morning classes run from 8:30 a.m.-12:00p.m. Afternoon classes are 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 10 minutes before the class starts. Unsupervised students arriving early will be registered for and sent to Before Care. A fee will be charged.
What is the average class size?
The limit for most classes is 18. Some computer courses may accommodate as many as 22 students.
What are the teachers' qualifications?All classes are taught by college-approved instructors. Most of our instructors are certified teachers in either public or private schools. Other instructors are HCC faculty and staff or experts in the field they teach. All teachers have undergone background checks by appropriate authorities.
How long are the sessions?One-week and two-week half-day sessions (mornings and afternoons) can be combined into a full-day program for one or two weeks.
Are there morning and afternoon breaks?Yes, there are 15-minute snack breaks in each session, occurring between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the morning session and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Students may bring their own snack or may purchase a drink and snack from the vending machines. Students should bring $1 bills or small change for the vending machines because staff cannot provide change.
Drop Off/Pick Up
Where do I pick up my child if the weather is bad?In the case of stormy weather at dismissal time, parents are asked to park and come into the building for their children. A staff member will direct parents to the classroom where the children will be gathered. Please note that it may not be their normal classroom.
Where do I drop off, and pick up, my child before and after class?
Parents are expected to park in the designated area and walk their student to the supervised area beyond the cones or to the classroom. For student safety, KOC does not have drive-through drop-off or pick-up at the Hickory Ridge Building. If your student is taking a morning or afternoon class at the Hickory Ridge Building, you are encouraged to park in the Kids on Campus designated parking areas in the back section of Parking Lot G or Parking Lot F (View Campus Map). Parents/guardians may also park in the West Parking Garage. Aides will be available to direct students to their classes. Handicapped parking is available in the front of the Hickory Ridge Building.
Students taking classes in other campus locations should report to the Hickory Ridge building at least 5 minutes before the start of class. An instructional aide will escort them to their classroom. Parents should escort late students to classes not in the Hickory Ridge Building.
All students should be picked up at the Hickory Ridge Building at the end of their class in the morning and afternoon. Students are not permitted to wait for parents in other buildings.
Students should be dropped off at the Hickory Ridge building no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of the class. Classroom assignments will be posted at the Hickory Ridge Building. Unsupervised students arriving early will be registered for and sent to Before Care. A fee will be charged. Students changing building locations during the day will be escorted by KOC staff.
What if I'm late to pick up my student at the end of class?
Parents should park and pick their child up by the cones. Students should be picked up promptly at noon for 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. classes. Those not picked up by 12:15 p.m. will be placed in a supervised lunchroom in the Hickory Ridge Building. They will be enrolled in lunch. A fee will be charged.
Parents should pick up their student at the Hickory Ridge Building at the end of their student’s class. Students taking classes in other locations will be escorted back to the Hickory Ridge Building. When there is inclement weather at dismissal time, parents should pick their student up from their classroom.
Students not picked up by 4:45 p.m. will be escorted to After Care located in Hickory Ridge. You may contact After Care staff by calling 443-518-4110. A late fee of $10 in addition to $5 per 15 minutes will be charged.
Is there a fee for dropping classes or switching sections from one course to another?
Transfers are acceptable as long as neither course has started, and the new section is not filled. Complete the Course Change Request Form. *Prices for KOC classes differ. Parents or guardians are responsible for any tuition/fee difference resulting from a transfer.
Call 443-518-4110, 443-518-4825, or 443-518-1700 to arrange for a transfer.
DROPS AND REFUNDS – If your child cannot attend a course, please notify us immediately. If notification is received by the Monday two weeks prior to the class start date, 100% refund of tuition and fees will be issued. For cancellations received within two weeks prior to class start date, tuition will be refunded, fees will be withheld. No refunds will be given on or after the class start date. Refunds will not be made for non-attendance. Parents/Guardians are responsible for any tuition/fee difference resulting from a student transfer.
Drop requests must be made in writing to email@example.com or by fax to 443-518-4333. You can also drop using the online registration form or by the online drop/transfer form. Requests for drops left on voicemail will NOT be processed.
Federal Tax ID
What is the federal tax ID number for Kids on Campus?
The tax ID number is 520900106.
Financial Aid/Scholarship Information
How can I apply?
The financial aid form is here. Please read and fully complete and submit it with all required documentation.
Is lunch provided?
You provide the lunch, we provide the supervision. From 12 p.m.-1p.m, students will eat lunch with their peers. All students under 16 staying on campus for both morning and afternoon courses must register for this supervised lunch hour. For 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. classes, students not picked up by 12:15 will be placed in a supervised lunchroom in the Hickory Ridge Building and registered for lunch.
The fee covers supervision and facilities. Non-perishable bag lunches are required. No refrigeration or microwave is available.
All students must stay in their assigned, age-appropriate lunchrooms during this time.
What if my child needs medication or special accommodations?
HCC is committed to providing an accessible education and supportive learning environment for all students. To help us meet this goal, parents of students with documented disabilities who require special accommodations must submit a letter to the Kids on Campus coordinator indicating the student’s needs and the type of accommodation that may be required. You must contact the KOC coordinator each time the student enrolls in a class even if you have received accommodations in the past. The KOC coordinator must receive the letter at least 30 days prior to the start of class in order to provide time to assess and arrange for reasonable accommodations. Inadequate notice may result in your child not being able to attend camp. All information will be kept confidential. HCC does not provide personal medical assistants, care attendants, or aides of any other type. Parents are not permitted to attend camp with their child.
HCC does not administer medications to students. If medication must be taken while the student is on campus, the parent/guardian is responsible for coming to campus to administer the medication. Written permission from a physician is required for those who are able to self-medicate. Call 443-518-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a required form. In an emergency, trained staff will administer EpiPens or inhalers provided by students. Kids on Campus cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
What are the dates and times of this summer's KOC program?June 22 - August 19, 2022. Registration will open for summer classes January 27, 2022.
What are the registration deadlines?
Registration continues until the class fills or begins. Register early because most courses fill rapidly.
For the Kids on Campus Policies and Procedures page https://www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses/continuing-education/courses/kids-on-campus/pages/policiesandprocedures.html
How will I know if my child is enrolled in the class?If you register online, you'll receive online confirmation that you should print out for your files. If you register by other methods, you'll receive a confirmation email if we receive your registration at least a week before the class begins. If you don't hear from us, you can confirm registration by contacting the Continuing Education Division Office at 443-518-4825 or 443-518-4823. Tuition payment is due at time of registration to ensure your student a seat in the class. Students will not be allowed in class until tuition is paid in full and we receive a completed consent form.
Do you have waitlists for full classes?Yes. Join a waitlist for a full class and you will be notified if a spot becomes available.