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Early Childhood Projects

National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources

The National Center provides professionally recommended resources so that medical practitioners, expectant parents, and new parents have access to accurate, up-to-date, and balanced information about Down syndrome and other prenatally-diagnosed conditions.

Child Care Aware of Kentucky

Child Care Aware of Kentucky provides supports that help increase knowledge of and demand for high quality early care and education services. CCA of Kentucky supports families in having resources to find child care, assists child care providers in accessing professional development opportunities and assists credentialed trainers in meeting regulatory requirements.

Kentucky Early Childhood Data Systems

KEDS, funded through the Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services First Steps and Division of Child Care, and the UK Commonwealth Collaborative, is responsible for supporting the state’s reporting requirements for the child outcomes for early childhood under IDEA. This includes the development and implementation of a universal data platform system that collects and correlates assessment results for approved Curriculum Based Assessments (CBA) to Kentucky’s standards and benchmarks and to national OSEP child outcomes and summary statements.

Kentucky Infant/Toddler Institute

The annual Infant/Toddler Institute is a state wide institute that is jointly sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Cabinet for Health Services, the Kentucky Head Start Collaboration Office and HDI.

National Early Childhood Transition Center

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) was a five-year research project funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is designed to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. The project used a multi-method approach to identify state, community, program, family and child factors that lead to positive school outcomes. NECTC products are available as free downloads.

Quality Enhancement Initiative

The Quality Enhancement Initiative, funded through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care, seeks to improve the quality of early care and education services throughout Kentucky by providing assistance to child care providers in accessing the KIDS NOW scholarship programs and by providing information, technical assistance and access to supports needed to participate in the STARS for KIDS NOW Quality Rating System.