The annual summer educational Get Ready! Camp begins this week.
The program, in its eighth consecutive year, is an initiative of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation. The program is geared toward children from newborns to 5-year-olds and their families.
Community foundation President and CEO Davette Swiney said young children will learn about literacy, math, science and art at the camps. Parents and family also are welcome to attend.
“It is not a classroom type setting,” she said. “It is up and moving and interactive and fun and loud.”
Around 2,500 children and adults attended last year’s camp, Swiney said.
The camps, which begin Monday and end June 28, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays at Panther Academy in Elizabethtown; from 9 to 11 a.m. then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at North Park Elementary School in Radcliff and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Heartland Elementary School in Elizabethtown
This year, one of the camps is at a new location: Wesley Hilltop House in Elizabethtown. This camps begins June 10 and ends June 28. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“This really gives us a chance to take it into a community where people live and right there where people walk to and hopefully benefit from the programming that way,” Swiney said.
Educators at the camps come from numerous backgrounds, including from the Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent school districts and from colleges.
There is no registration required and it is open to the public. Families are not required to attend every session as the activities do not build upon each other, said Gina Clear, commuinty foundation communications and project coordinator.
“Get Ready is an opportunity for our families, regardless of their situation, their economics, their child’s ability to have exposure to quality, early childhood programs,” Swiney said.