Just like the 4-H program for older youth, the purpose of the 4-H Cloverbuds is to help young children learn life skills to become competent, caring and contributing citizens. Specifically, Cloverbuds are youth who are five to eight years old or in kindergarten through the second grade.
Cloverbuds 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 Cloverbuds program is to promote children's healthy development - mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. The Cloverbuds program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach their highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.
4-H Cloverbuds 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.


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

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