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Learn how you can incorporate 4-H curriculum into your lesson planning. 4-H In-School & Afterschool enrichment creates opportunities for youth to develop life skills. 4-H In-School & 4-H afterschool enrichment offers "learning by doing" curricula that covers an array of topics from leadership development and citizenship to aerospace and computers. There is a resource of ready-to-use programming for youth in the following 4-H curriculum areas:

  • Animal Science
  • Careers & Economic Education
  • Citizenship
  • Communications & Expressive Arts
  • Family Sciences
  • Foods, Nutrition, & Health
  • Leadership
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Education: Plants, soil & entomology
  • Science, engineering & technology

For more information on school enrichment curriculum, contact the Prince William 4-H office at 703-792-6286.


The "Beginning of Life" 4-H project is designed to help youth obtain a better understanding of life and embryonic development. 4-H educational materials guide students through each step of the hatching process from preparing the eggs for incubation to building a brooder for the newly hatched chicks. These educational materials address Standards of Learning (SOL’s) for math, science, English, life science, and computer technology.  4-H will provide fertilized eggs, guide you through training, support you during the hatch, and then collect the chicks to be sent to a local farm.  Please click here for the 2021 Introduction Letter.

This year's hatch will begin March 2, 2021.  You must register online no later than February 12th to reserve eggs. Please complete both the Online Registration Form and then the Group Enrollment Form.  Training classes will be held Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm, via Zoom and Wednesday, February 24, 7:00pm, via Zoom. You can select which one you want to attend when you complete the online registration form.  Please address any questions to

Safe at Home, Safe Alone

This 4-H youth development program is designed to teach children how to stay home alone safely. Curriculum includes a 100-page youth workbook complete with character role-plays, activities, and interactive exercises to engage both youth and parents on how to prepare for emergencies and more!

Topics covered in the Safe at Home:

  • Preparing to stay home alone
  • Creating family rules
  • Computer/Internet safety
  • Answering the telephone/door
  • Handling emergencies/disaster preparedness
  • Stranger Safety

This program is currently taught in all 4th grade classrooms of the Prince William County and City of Manassas school systems. We train volunteers to teach this program and provide all materials needed to administer the program. Contact the Safe at Home: Safe Alone Program Coordinator, Kristin Saul, at 703-792-4762, or e-mail at if you would like to have this program administered in your school or community youth organization.

Click here to access the Safe at Home, Safe Alone Youth Curriculum

Click here to access the Safe at Home, Safe Alone Parent Guide

Click here to access the Safe at Home, Safe Alone Parent Guide in Spanish

Click here to access the Safe at Home, Safe Alone Leader Guide


This 4-H youth development program is designed to teach youth and adolescents about healthy lifestyles, addressing the issue of childhood obesity. The 95210 Campaign is a national campaign which encourages school-aged children to have 9 hours of sleep, 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, no more than 2 hours of screen time, at least 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks. When practiced, these key behaviors promote healthier habits for youth, teens and adults, and can reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

4-H "Get Fit, That's It!" curriculum includes:

  • Importance of healthy eating using My Plate
  • Planning healthy snacks and breakfast
  • How food choices contribute to healthy lifestyles
  • Make food and beverage choices based on nutritional content

Curriculum kits includes five SOL-based lessons and activities for each grade level, grades preK-12. This program is currently taught in classrooms in Prince William County and City of Manassas school systems. 4-H staff will train teachers and volunteers to teach this program in the classroom. Every school has a kit available for each grade level. The Prince William County 4-H office also has kits available for check out. If you are interested in this program, contact Carrie Busekist, 4-H Agent, at

The newsletters below are full of additional information and links that can add more dimension to your classroom. There are videos, interactive websites, fliers, games, fitness challenges, tracking tools and more! As new research and information becomes available, these newsletters will be updated to keep you on top of your game.

4-H Virginia Cooperative Extension
8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105
Manassas VA 20109

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