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Library fair puts kids on right path

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By Bryan Marshall

Parents can find out if their children are on the right path to start kindergarten at the second annual Ready To Read Early Childhood Fair at the Grant County Public Library.
The free event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 as local businesses, childcare centers, preschools, organizations and agencies present information for families with preschoolers aged 0 to 5 years old.
“This is a one stop shopping mall for parents with preschool children,” said Cheryl Clemons, youth services librarian. “Screenings will be available for years 0-3 using the Ages and Stages method and First Steps out of Northern Ky will do the screenings. Head Start will use the Brigance screening method with the 3-5 year olds. If there is an issue with your child they can be referred to the appropriate agency that night to get your child on track.”
Several local organizations will have information booths, including 4C for Children, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Grant County Community Education, Grant County Parks and Recreation, Williamstown and Grant County Family Resource Centers, Head Start/Preschool, MOMS Daycare, United Way, Community Early Childhood Council, North Key, Adult Education, Grant County Extension Office, Nurse Julie from Williamstown Independent Schools and Grant County Partners in Prevention.
Rhonda Schlueter, health coordinator for Grant County Schools, will help with hearing screenings for children while Vision One will provide vision screenings.
Entertainment will include face painting by Miss Ruthie and balloon animals/characters by Professor Paddy.
The event will also include door prizes and dinner provided by Family Worship Center while supplies last.
All children will receive a free book and good bag.
Last year’s inaugural childhood fair attracted about 200 attendees, a number Clemons said she hopes to double this year.
To help with parking, Grant County Schools will help with a shuttle bus.
No registration is required to attend the fair.
For more information, call 824-2080.
“The parents are not always aware of what is expected from their child when they enter kindergarten or when the child exits kindergarten,” Clemons said. “This is the perfect time to talk with 20-plus agencies and businesses to help your child succeed.”