Early Childhood Resources

Published: 6/28/2016 2:09 PM

The Early Childhood Resources include materials and website links for many of important issues to parents and teachers of children ages birth to five. Some of the topics of interest to early childhood parents and educators include growth and development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; understanding and working with children with disabilities; social/emotional growth; parenting skills; early literacy, school readiness; child care; transitions; curriculum; various early childhood programs; multiculturalism and diversity; the art; brain development; materials and supplies.

Building a Strong Foundation for School Success includes the following: Kentucky Early Childhood Standards which describes what children should know and be able to do; the Kentucky Early Childhood Continuous Assessment Guide which outlines how to appropriately measure a child's progress on the Early Childhood Standards; the Kentucky Early Childhood Quality Self-Study a tool to provide direction for program improvement; and Field Guides which are a practical supplement to the Early Childhood Standards.
 
First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families.
 
HANDS is a voluntary intensive home visitation program for first-time parents that provides services from the prenatal period to the child's third birthday.
 
Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education
Organized to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all children and families, and to provide opportunities for the collaboration of individuals and groups who are concerned with appropriate early care and education of young children.
 
Training Into Practice Project can provide information about early care and education workshops, online courses, and Institutes coordinated by the Training Into Practice Project (TIPP) and/or the Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential.

Children's Defense Fund
The Children's Foundation (CF), a private national educational non-profit organization strives to improve the lives of children and those who care for them. Our mission is to provide a voice for caregivers, children and their families on issues of critical concern. 
 
National Institute for Early Education Research
The National Institute of Early Education Research gathers information and conducts research on the state-funded early childhood programs in the United States.
 
These notes were developed by Thelma Harms and Debby Cryer to improve the interrater agreements among North Carolina Rated License Assessors. These notes do not change any of the requirements in the printed scales, they merely add additional information to help in accurate scoring.
 
I Am Your Child
The I Am Your Child Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that was founded in 1997 by actor/director Rob Reiner to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development and school readiness.
  
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
   
NAEYC exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
 
Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative ECAP/ITG's staff consists of experienced writers and editors, Web designers and computer support personnel, and librarians with years of experience in responding to content-specific questions, preparing publications, providing training and presentations, and building Web sites on early education, child development, and parenting.
   
DEC is a division of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
Sally Shepherd
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-7056
Fax (502) 564-6470
sally.shepherd@education.ky.gov