Since its introduction in 2017, the Fayette County Public Schools initiative, First 5 Lex, has worked with community partners to encourage families and caregivers to read, talk and play with children from the ages of birth to five. It is thanks to the support of these partners that the important mission of creating a strong foundation for lifelong learning has gained momentum across Lexington.
A group of community partners have committed extensive time, money and other resources in support of this mission. Community partners recognized as First 5 Lex Champions include: Community Action Council, United Way of the Bluegrass, Child Care Council, PNC Bank, KET, Lexington Public Library, Lexington Social Services and Family Care Center, UK College of Education, UK Pediatrics, Reach out and Read Kentucky, Kroger, HealthFirst, WIC Office, Lexington Children’s Theater, Living Arts and Science Center and the Explorium.
“Healthy Brain Development is key to maximizing our children's potential. Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops before the age of five. The brain undergoes its most rapid development in the first three years of life. This is why the work of First 5 Lex is so important to our youngest community members,” said Alice Nelson, FCPS Early Childhood Family/Community Coordinator.
This important work requires community partnerships in order to be most effective. “When we work together to read, talk and play, we help build a more equal foundation, and lessen the gaps that exist as students enter kindergarten. We must view early childhood education as a community effort, and the work of the First 5 Lex Champions shows that we are doing just that,” said Superintendent Caulk.
First 5 Lex continues to seek connections with others who see the vision of a city where children are prepared to enter kindergarten. For more information on how you can partner with First 5 Lex, visit www.First5Lex.com.
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