Parents of toddlers and preschoolers are certain to find a wealth of information at the Fourth annual Preschool/Mother’s Morning Out fair.
Sponsored by the Mom’s Club of Evans, the event seeks to make finding a preschool or mother’s day out program convenient and stress-free. This year’s fair will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Augusta.
“Representatives from area preschools and mom’s morning out programs will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information to parents. Running around town visiting schools can be a daunting experience, especially with little ones in tow,” said Mom’s Club of Evans President Melissa Blizzard. “We thought it would be a great idea to bring all the preschools and mother’s morning out programs together to make the process easier for families.”
The fair has proven such a success that each year it gets bigger and better, Blizzard said.
“Our first year, in 2009, we had approximately 60 families participate,” said Mom’s Club of Evans member Amber Shehorn. “Since then, we’ve nearly doubled our attendance. Last year, we saw nearly 120 families.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, is not just for the stay-at-home parent, Shehorn said.
“Several of the schools offer extended-day programs and state-funded pre-K programs,” she said.
Nearly 20 schools and mom’s morning out programs are expected to participate. Among schools that are sending representatives are the ABC Weekday Preschool at Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta Christian Schools, Augusta Preparatory Day School, Children’s Friend, The Sunshine House, Warren Baptist, Westminster, Whole Life and First Baptist of Augusta.
Free childcare will be available on-site, with fun activities planned for children so parents can talk with prospective program representatives.
In addition to the annual preschool fair, the Mom’s Club of Evans participates in several service projects. Last year, the group created a charity cookbook with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. Proceeds from a spring yard sale go toward the International MOMS Club’s Mother to Mother Fund.
“The primary goal of the MOMS club is to provide support for at-home mothers through play groups, park days, local business tours, craft days, lunches, field trips, speakers and more,” said Shehorn. “Our members are mothers of all ages, as well as mothers who work part-time or out of their home.”