Learning center

Early learning center registration in progress

The Fayette County Early Learning Center is now registering for the upcoming program year. The first day of school for the Head Start program is August 23.

Three programs are available through the Fayette County Early Learning Center, including Head Start, Early-Head Start, and Early-Head Start – Child Care Partnerships.

The Head Start program is a free, center-based Head Start program for children ages 3-5. There are two sites in Fayette County (Washington Court House and Jeffersonville). There are two options to choose from: The Full Day option is 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Half-day options are 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Meals and snacks provided, and transportation to and from school is available. Services will be provided for all levels of education and development.

The Early Head Start program is a free, at-home early start program for children from birth to 3 years old.

Services are available for pregnant women, with flexible scheduling options. Family visits of one and a half hours per week will take place, as well as advice on planning activities to promote the child’s growth. Bi-monthly group socials will take place to encourage the social development of children and families. Free diapers and wipes will be distributed monthly.

The Early Head Start-Child Care partnership is a center-based early start program for children aged 6 weeks to 3 years. Meals, snacks, formula and diapers will be provided. This program accepts the ODJFS Child Care Subsidy for eligible families. Staff will be trained in infant and child development, with programs available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are locations in Fayette, Clinton, and Highland counties.

All programs are free and all components are provided. Developmental/educational screenings and health/nutrition counseling will be available, as will family support and assistance in accessing community resources.

Applications are available from the Community Action Commission Of Fayette County, located at 1400 US 22 NW at Washington Court House. Those interested can also call to schedule an appointment at 740-335-7282.

In related news, Thursday July 7 from 2-6pm there was an Open House/Summer Bash at the Washington Court House Center. The families had the chance to see the classrooms, the playground and the buses. Activities were offered for the children, such as planting a flower, making volcanoes, making sand art, making necklaces and much more. On the playground there were balloon animals, clowns, face painting, sand activities, paint, bubbles and pony rides.

Families in attendance received information about the programs offered, free food and a chance to win door prizes for summer fun. The Fayette County Early Learning Center would like to thank everyone who joined. They would also like to extend a big thank you to Dream Maker Farms, Fayette County EMS, and clowns Zilcho and Lulla Belle for coming out to help celebrate and make the event such a success.

A group of children take part in an alphabet fishing party at the Summer Bash on Thursday, July 7.

The children had the opportunity to make necklaces during the Summer Bash event.