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Florida 4-H Cloverbuds: A Guide for Programming for Staff and Volunteers1

Joy C. Jordan, Kate Fogarty, Tracy Tesdall, and Renée Gore2

Florida 4-H Cloverbuds is an exciting program offering 4-H membership to young people ages 5–7, from kindergarten through 2nd grade (K–2). The overall purpose of the 4-H Cloverbuds program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional and physical maturation of children ages 5–7 by providing a unique educational opportunity. This 4-H audience has unique learning characteristics and developmental needs that are different from older members. As a result, the 4-H Cloverbuds program is designed with specific educational objectives and program policies focused on the 5–7 year-old child.

Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities in providing 4-H Cloverbuds programs. The policies, guidelines, and sample activities for the program outlined in this guide seek to ensure that 4-H Cloverbuds members remain safe and have positive, developmentally appropriate experiences in 4-H.

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This document is 4HGCL23, one of a series of the 4-H Youth Development Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date March 03, 2011. Revised October 30, 1998. Reviewed October 2017. Visit the EDIS website at


Joy C. Jordan, associate professor, and Kate Fogarty, assistant professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Tracy Tesdall, regional specialized 4-H agent, and Renée Gore, Baker County 4-H agent; Florida 4-H Youth Development Program; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611-0225.

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The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.