The Floyd County Early Childhood Council held its annual “Helping Everyone Achieve Readiness Together” Early Childhood Fair Saturday at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, welcoming more than 200 parents and children over the course of the day.
Kids had the opportunity to meet Disney characters like Cinderella, Arial, Elsa and Moana as well as the Tooth Fairy and Batman while parents snapped pictures and visited with 17 vendors for more information and resources about early childhood learning and kindergarten readiness.
“We are hoping to raise awareness for early childhood learning and help show parents how basic everyday experiences can be used as life lessons for their kids,” said Sharon Collins, chair of the Floyd County Early Childhood Council. “It is our mission to support families and increase family and caregiver understanding of their child’s development as they prepare their children for school and future success. Studies have shown that increased parent and family participation in their child’s education leads to future success.”
A special guest, Samantha Moore, with sons Tristan and 22-month old Kenneth Howard, arrived for a meeting with Batman, portrayed by John Buckland of the Heroes 4 Higher. Kenneth was found Wednesday by volunteers from the Prestonsburg Fire Department and others after being missing for three days.
“We would like to thank our sponsors, Kentucky Educational Television, ARH McDowell, ARH Our Lady of the Way in Martin, Highlands Regional Medical Center, the City of Prestonsburg, Floyd County Schools District Head Start Program and Big Sandy Community and Technical College for all their assistance to make today possible,” said Collins. “Anyone interested in learning more about what they can do to encourage early childhood learning can attend our monthly meetings at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Floyd County Health Department, third floor conference room.”