Starke County


Starke County Preschool Fair
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 4:30 - 6:30

The date has been set for the Second Annual Starke County Preschool Fair. It will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. CT at the Dembowski Community Center in Knox. The event is being hosted by the Starke County Early Childhood Education Advisory Council and is being sponsored by Moving Starke County Forward, the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF), and IU Health-Starke Hospital.

This event coincides with the Month of the Young Child. Since 1985, April has been celebrated nationally as Month of the Young Child, during which the needs and rights of young children and their families are recognized. Each week of April celebrates a specific focus.

"During the first week of April, we focus on the physical development of young children," says Sarah Origer, SCCF Development Director. Physical development provides children with the abilities they need to explore and interact with the world around them. A young child’s physical growth first begins as muscles gain strength with use and children gradually develop coordination.

"This year's preschool fair will offer interactive games and projects for children to help them develop their fine motor skills and strengthen their creative spirit," Origer says.

Parents, grandparents, guardians, and their preschoolers, toddlers, and infants are all invited to participate. Representatives of local preschools, as well as agencies, healthcare providers, libraries, and other organizations that offer programs to families with young children will attend and provide valuable information. 

The event is free of charge and includes a free meal. There will be activities for young children, including several interactive games. There will also be information about preschool scholarships available through the SCCF.

“This is a great way for parents and grandparents to learn about why preschool is important and figure out which preschool is the best fit for their child,” says Margaret Dalphond, Co-Chair of the Starke County Early Childhood Education Advisory Council. “It will also be a great opportunity to learn about the many programs for young children in our community.”

Everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Sarah Origer at starke@nicf.org or by calling 574-772-3665.