SOAR: Early Childhood Education

SOAR is currently registering families for this year's virtual Ready! for Kindergarten sessions.   If you have a 4-year old child who will enter kindergarten in Muhlenberg County in fall 2021, these sessions will show you how you can give your child the skills they need to be successful as they start school.  Not only will you hear from teachers at your child's future school and learn what skills your child will need, but each family who successfully completes the session will receive a bag of "play with a purpose" toys worth $65.  The first virtual session starts on January 20.  You must register online by January 15 at Ready! for Kindergarten Registration.

The Foundation's SOAR program, created in partnership with the Muhlenberg County Board of Education, focuses on providing Strategies, Opportunities, Advantages and Resources for pre-school aged children and their families in Muhlenberg County, KY.  National research shows that kids who start kindergarten with the skills they need will be more likely to stay at grade level through their school years, helping them achieve lifelong success. To that end, SOAR focuses on early childhood literacy and kindergarten readiness, helping to provide over 30 community events each year, partnering with local providers such as Head Start, preschool and daycare programs. SOAR places a special emphasis on literacy by giving away books year-round at various events, in addition to providing Little Free Libraries and several community bookshelves.  SOAR also hosts several annual county-wide educational programs for children including Kindergarten Camp, Read with the Mayor, a first responders’ Reading Posse, the Books-n-Cream summer reading program, New Baby literacy packets and more.

We encourage you to download the SOAR brochure to learn more about the programs SOAR offers. 

Stay in the loop with our latest happenings and offerings by following SOAR on Facebook!  If you have questions about the SOAR Program, please reach out to SOAR Program Manager, Vicki Yonts, at vicki.yonts@muhlenberg.kyschools.us or 270-543-0255.