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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This project is designed to support the implementation of the Kentucky Early Childhood Professional Development Framework as outlined by the KIDS NOW Initiative (Kentucky Early Childhood Initiative). Specific training activities are designed to implement the trainer’s credentials and to support the development of plans to assist with the transfer of training into the workplace in the area of early childhood.