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Fayette County school readiness initiative First 5 Lex receives $50,000 grant to continue programing

The Fayette County Community Early Childhood Council has received a $50,000 state grant to continue the FCPS initiative First 5 Lex — Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten. The funding comes from Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.

“We are extremely excited and grateful to continue bringing together our wonderful community members and partners to support children and families here in Fayette County,” said council chair Eamonn FitzGerald, the Early Childhood family/community liaison in Fayette County Public Schools. “This collaborative effort will help to support early childhood development in our community with a focus on school readiness.”

First 5 Lex was developed by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with early childhood professionals from across our community. It’s in response to concerns about school readiness.

This initiative gives families and caregivers access to information about early learning and connects them to fun, stimulating, age-appropriate activities that will support their young child’s development and learning. Children’s early experiences, from birth to age 5, are critical to their brain development and lifelong learning. The brain undergoes its most rapid development in the first three years of life, and 90 percent of a child’s brain develops before age 5.

The goal of First 5 Lex is to communicate how crucial these early years are to building children’s brains, language, and vocabulary — all of which are necessary for success in school and in life.

Parent/caregiver interactions with a young child are the key. What we need to do to prepare our children for school is actually simple and fun: Read, Talk and Play!

For more information, visit the First 5 Lex site.

From Fayette County Public Schools

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