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Putting children on the right path to be prepared for school will be the focus of the third annual Ready to Read Early Childhood Fair.
The event targeting preschool children and parents will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Grant County Public Library.
“This program is like a one-stop shop, all the entities are there for them to talk with and ask questions,” said Cheryl Clemons, childrens’ librarian. “Our hope is that the children of Grant County will be prepared to go to school and succeed in school.”
The event will offer screenings (for children birth to 5 years old).
The screenings are designed to make sure there aren’t any issues that would keep the child from learning and, if there are, the agency will be there to help the parents make the correct decision, Clemons said.
Approximately 20 vendors will be distributing information about school readiness and giving away free items.
Agencies and organizations expected to attend include First Steps, 4 Cs for Children, Grant County Parks and Recreation, Grant County and Williamstown Family Resource Centers, school nurses, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Head Start and the Grant County Extension Office.
To entertain younger attendees, there will be face painting, crafts and physical activities, along with a performance by children’s recording artist Joel Caithamer, known as the Singing Librarian.
Food and door prizes will also be available while supplies last.
No registration is required.
“I hope parents learn the knowledge of what they need to do to give their child every opportunity to succeed in school and to meet the people that can give them the tools to help their children,” Clemons said.
For more information, call the library at 824-2080.