3rd Annual Early Childhood Extravaganza Fun!
Saturday, March 16th was full of fun for many children and families of Butler County as the Community Early Childhood Council held their 3rd annual Early Childhood Extravaganza at Butler County High School. Getting ready for school doesn’t start the day before Kindergarten – but rather school readiness begins early and is all about establishing safe and healthy habits while making the most of every moment during the first five years. With this as the focus, the Community Early Childhood members host an early childhood fair that includes representatives from many different agencies to help families understand the importance of early childhood and get as prepared as possible. The Extravaganza begins to grow each year! During this 3rd annual Extravaganza, over 100 families and children came through the gym doors. There were over 25 booths for children and families to visit and participate in a variety of activities.
A few examples of what children and families got to do include: Getting a hug from Curious George, taking a tour of a school bus, getting a handshake with Howie the Butler County School Ready Bear, meeting Sheriff Deputy Gary and our K9 Deputy Willow , visiting with health Department and WIC representatives, families getting information about Adult Education programming, getting toothbrushes from our local dentist, face decorating with FCCLA Volunteers, exploring the LEAP bus, learning about the Butler County Public Library programs for children 0-5 years, getting enrollment information for the OWL Academy, Head Start, local child care, public preschool, meeting local business representatives and seeing their products, and children who are old enough could even begin the process for registering for Kindergarten, and more!
The Council distributed learning activity back packs to children that include many age appropriate activities and materials that children can use at home for fun (which means learning!). Additionally, the families and children were able to hear from various experts about what it takes to help all children be successful when it’s time to go to school.
The Butler Edmonson Community Early Childhood Council is funded with state funds focused on school readiness projects. The Council meets regularly and if you are interested in being a part of the Council contact Amy Hood at 270-991-8017 or Michelle Tutko at 270-999-5233.
THANK YOU to all exhibitors who participated in the 3rd annual Early Childhood Extravaganza!
Andrea’s Sweet Confections River Health Department & WIC
Bluegrass Oral Health Center Butler County Extension Agency
Butler County Public Library Butler County Sheriff Department
Butler County Head Start Caterpillar Lane Child Care
Child Care Aware of KY DCBS Foster Care & Adoption
Just For You Jewelry Kentucky Skills/Adult Education
Lifeskills/First Steps Matilda Jane – Hilery Flener
OWL Academy P31
Sweet Treats by Kelly – Kelly Bratcher The Kidz Club
United Way of Southern Ky Usborne Books
WKU Child Care Resource & Referral Butler County Schools
Butler County Schools Counselors Butler County FCCLA Volunteers
Butler County Family Resource Agency Butler County Schools Food Services
Butler County Schools Kindergarten Teachers Butler County Schools LEAP Bus
Butler County Schools Preschool Teachers Butler County Schools Transportation
Car Seat Safety Matters Barren Health Dept.