Manchester Early Childhood Fair offers one-stop shopping for families

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Feb. 14, 2014
(L-r) Latasha Turnquest, Sharon Kozey, Krista Yaglowski and Amber Moriarty greet families as they arrive at the Early Childhood Fair.  Photos by Corey AmEnde.
(L-r) Latasha Turnquest, Sharon Kozey, Krista Yaglowski and Amber Moriarty greet families as they arrive at the Early Childhood Fair. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

From preschools to day care centers and martial arts schools, the Manchester Early Childhood Fair offered a little bit of everything for parents of young children. The fair, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Manchester High School cafeteria, focused on programs and services for children from birth to age 8. 

“It’s a one-stop-shop kind of thing for all families to come in,” said Krista Yaglowski of the Manchester School Readiness Council. “It’s a great resource for the families, but it’s also a great resource for vendors, too, because they can show what they have to offer.”

Sharon Kozey, an early childhood specialist with the Human Services Department, said there were 40 vendors at the event. “We maxed out,” said Kozey. “And there were people that wanted to come; we just didn’t have enough room.”

The event is free to public and to the exhibitors and is funded through a grant that the town receives. Kozey said the Early Childhood Fair averages about 200 people each year. She said the goal of the fair is to share information.

“Manchester is a really service-rich town and a lot of people don’t know about all the programs and opportunities that are in town, so this is our way of sharing with them and letting them know what’s out there and available for the children,” said Kozey.

Krystal Makusevich represented the Manchester Public Library at the fair and said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet new families. “I’m seeing new families and I get to tell them about our programming,” said Makusevich. “Some people don’t realize it’s all free, so it’s nice to get that information out there.”

The Kelly family just moved to Manchester from New York City over a year ago and is still getting adjusted to the town. The father of two young children, Jim Kelly said the fair was a good opportunity to learn more about all the programs for children that Manchester has to offer. “It’s a great turnout, more than I expected today,” said Kelly. “We are happy we came. There are a lot of activities and we’re having a good time.”

For more information visit schoolreadiness.townofmanchester.org.


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