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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.






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