WELCOME to South Dakota State University Extension’s 4-H Cloverbuds Program. 4-H Cloverbuds is a non-formal education program designed specifically for children in kindergarten through third grade (ages 5-7). Children of this age are a distinct audience for 4-H, with learning characteristics and developmental needs that are different from older children/youth. They are not “mini 4-H members.” Their needs and interests require activities and events designed especially for them.
The 4-H Cloverbuds program appeals to a child’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy level. It provides opportunities for exploration and active learning in a non-competitive environment. By offering a wide variety of activities and experiences, the program encourages children to explore and think about the world around them. The children will find the program stimulating and fun.
The 4-H Cloverbuds program is a part of the South Dakota State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program. The primary goal of 4-H Cloverbuds program is to promote a child’s healthy development – mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. The program has clear parameters, which have been drawn from research about the needs of this age group. A literature review of empirical research was conducted in developing these parameters [Scheer, Scott D., Journal of Extension, 1997, 35(4)]
The purpose of the program’s ten parameters is to help 4-H Extension professionals and volunteer leaders make decisions regarding developmentally and age-appropriate programming. The parameters are consistent with the principles of K-3 Youth in 4-H: Guidelines for Programming and with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s position statement on developmentally appropriate practice in the primary grades (1998). The goal of programming for 5-to-8-year-olds is to promote healthy development in children by enhancing the life skills of:
• Social interaction
• Physical mastery
• Making choices
• Learning to learn
For more information read Guidelines for 4-H Cloverbuds Revised by Andrea Klein | 4-H Youth Healthy Living Field Specialist and based on Original Publication by Mary Ellen Aamot, Ed.D. | 1999 Revised by Marilyn Rasmussen, Ph.D. | 2006.
In Yankton County, our Cloverbuds meet once a month at the Extension Office (901 Whiting Drive) for one hour. Parents are not required to stay with their children. The Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant leads the session. Reports from past sessions and announcements for upcoming sessions can be viewed through the following links.
2017-2018 Cloverbuds Calendar
All Cloverbud Meetings run on the second Monday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Yankton County Extension Office.
- December 11
- January 8
- February 12
- March 12
- April 9
- May 14
- June 11
- July 9
- August 13
- September 10
Remember everything we make at our Cloverbuds Meetings can be brought to Achievement Days for Static Judging!