East Feliciana Parish will host an Early Childhood Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Professional Development Center, 9414 Plank Road, in Clinton.

?In 2012, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 3, creating the Early Childhood Care and Education Network, which features communities joining school districts in an effort to coordinate care and education for all at-risk children under age 5.

The first cohort or group of pilot communities to join the network launched in July 2013, and by fall 2015, early childhood providers statewide began participating.

SHEF, the program for St. Helena and East Feliciana parishes, is part of the Cohort 3 group of pilot communities that has been tasked with implementing kindergarten readiness by establishing collaborative leadership, supporting all teachers in being effective and coordinating enrollment for area families, a news release said.

Districtwide enrollment efforts allow parents to become empowered to choose what’s best for their child, be informed of the availability of publicly funded programs and coordinate eligibility and applications for their children.

“The fair is an effort to rally the parish around best practices for children under age 5. It will also be a day for registering youth in child care, head start, preschool and kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year,” said DeShonda Coleman, supervisor of ancillary and instructional support for East Feliciana schools.

School administrators have been asked to host booths at the fair promoting their respective schools, have teachers prepare activities for students and share information with parents.

Refreshments will be featured at each booth along with information from business partners, who will feature information about services offered and provide treats and door prizes.

For information, email Sharon Jones, an instructional support specialist for East Feliciana Schools, at sjones@efschools.net.