Overview

Just like the 4-H program for older youth, the purpose of the 4-H Clover Buds is to help young children learn life skills to become competent, caring and contributing citizens. Specifically, Clover Buds are youth who are five to eight years old or in kindergarten through the second grade.
Clover Buds help young people:

  1. Learn more about themselves and the world around them
  2. Develop positive attitudes about learning new things by hands-on involvement
  3. Develop a relationship with a caring adult or older youth helper
  4. Learn about the 4-H Youth Development program

The primary goal of the Clover Buds program is to promote children's healthy development - mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. The Clover Buds program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach their highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.
4-H Clover Buds programs are not a mandatory component of the Kentucky 4-H Youth Development; it is an OPTIONAL program. There is, however, an approved list of curriculum to implement if it is offered in your county.


Curriculum

A sample program implementation layout entitled “Kentucky 4-H Clover Bud Programming "Menu of Options” is available.

State Contact:  Jennifer Tackett | jennifer.tackett@uky.edu | 859.323.4842