Bar T at Kensington Parkwood

Center in Kensington, MD 20895

Our Bar-T Kids Club program is the largest private provider of before and after school programs for children in Montgomery County. We strongly believe that children need to have choices, and we provide a variety of opportunities for children each day. At Bar-T Kids Club we allow our children to choose which clubs, games, sports leagues, and special events they would most enjoy. Our MCPS Kids Club programs open at 6:30 am and close at 6:30 pm. Our Kids Club program at The Charles E Smith Jewish Day School opens at school dismissal time and closes at 6:30, except Friday. Please refer to the calendar on the CESJDS section of our website for Friday closing times.


Children are able to select which clubs they wish to participate in each month. These can range from cooking, to dance, to magic. Our staff do their best to make sure a variety of options are given, and that the children in our care are able to choose the one that most intrigues them.


Homework time is held each day except Friday, and our expert staff are present with whatever knowledge and supplies your child needs to complete their work. We keep an open dialogue between teachers and parents to make sure each child’s academic needs are being met each day.

Sports Leagues
Children have the option to learn new sports and compete against other schools in our sports leagues. Our great coaches will teach the basics of each sport to all children who enroll. Each team hosts home games and visits other schools for away games. Featured sports include football, cheerleading, and basketball.

Child Ages:
5 years - 14 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Development
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

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Our mission, our philosophy and the Bar-T culture all guide our staff to respect each of the kids and adults that participates in our programs as individuals, working to provide meaningful choices throughout all aspects of our programs. We go beyond creating environments that help to ensure both physical and emotional safety by listening, showing respect and helping each member of our community remember that they are of great worth.

Bar-T Kids Club began in the Fall of 1985 when one of the Ranch’s neighboring elementary schools reached out in search of a new approach to before & after school care. Bar-T’s owners, Joe and Nancy Richardson, accepted the challenge and quickly created an environment in which the children could participate in activities that were fun, educational and enriching. They didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for children who needed to attend an after-school program. Instead, they worked on designing a program that was more club-like during the off school hours and one that children looked forward to joining.

The newest member of the Bar-T family is our Mountainside Challenge & Retreat Center and Summer Camp which was launched in 2006 as a premier destination for school groups, private groups, corporations and individuals. Mountainside’s environmentally friendly facility is situated on 115-acre of farmland in Urbana, Maryland and is just minutes from I-270.

We appreciate your taking the time to visit us online. We understand that making the right choice for your child, your family or your business is important. We are extremely proud of the programs that we have developed over the years and hope that our website provides you with much of the information that you need to make an informed decision. We encourage you to go beyond the content of our website and contact us to speak with one of our Directors or arrange a visit to any one of our programs to experience firsthand what makes Bar-T a great choice!


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