Summer Fun for Appalachian Children

Summer Fun

This summer has been quite busy for the CAP Kids/SPARK Program at Eagle Community Center. McCreary County children took field trips to places such as Cumberland Falls, Louisville Zoo, Mammoth Cave, Lexington Legends (baseball), and the Kentucky Splash Water Park. On average, 17 kids attended most of the trips. Activities included camping, learning about animals, caving, and attending a Minor League Baseball game. Kentucky Splash Water Park was an “end of the school year” celebration for kids (and their parents) who had participated in SPARK. And at the “end of summer”, 29 CAP Kids participated in a Back-to-School Bash held at the Eagle Community Center, where they participated in a scavenger hunt, water games, and other activities before heading back to school.

In addition to the field trips CAP conducted this past summer, Reverend Beiting visited Eagle Child and Family Development Center. He spoke about his time in Kentucky, how CAP came into existence, and how he is continuing to minister to the poor of eastern Kentucky.

And lastly, over 4,500 lunches, snacks, and dinners were prepared, delivered, and served to children in McCreary County, thanks to the Eagle staff and the federal government’s “Summer Food Service Program”.

As with any programs CAP provides, none of these would have been possible without the support and generosity of our donors. Your help touches the lives and influences so many people in need. Thank you.


Eagle Child and Family Development Center earned a 4 STAR rating from STARS for Kids Now, a voluntary quality-rating program for early childhood programs in Kentucky.

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STARS ratings are based on factors such as staff to child ratios, program curriculum, staff training, family involvement and staff working environment. A center must also be accredited by an approved national accrediting agency. Of approximately 2,500 licensed early childhood programs in Kentucky, only 15 have 4 STARS. Eagle CFDC is the only early childhood program in McCreary County that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

A 4 STAR rating not only signifies the center as an outstanding facility, but also makes the program eligible for various incentives. Childcare professionals have access to college scholarship funds and the program can secure additional assistance from specially trained personnel to further improve the program. Furthermore, Eagle CFDC will be eligible for assistance to help complete a long-awaited projects such as a wheelchair ramp and bridge to allow access for disabled children to the “wooden climber.”

In close collaboration with the McCreary County School System, Christian Appalachian Project has been offering preschool programming to the children of northeastern McCreary County for 20 years.  Since the consolidation of county elementary schools in 2005, the child development center has blossomed into Eagle Community Center, offering high quality educational programs for all ages as well as emergency assistance, home repair, and programs for people with disabilities.

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