Published: 8/19/2014 10:45 AM


Kentucky's preschool education programs are available for all four-year-old children whose family income is no more than 150% of poverty; all three and four-year-old children with developmental delays and disabilities, regardless of income; and other four-year- old children as placements are available based on district decision.​

The preschool program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for young children.  "Developmentally appropriate" is defined in law to mean that the program focuses on the child's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, including interpersonal, intrapersonal, and socialization skills.
  • Centers of Excellence and Quality

    The Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Program Standards, proposes to identify at least one Early Childhood Center of Quality in each of the eleven Special Education Cooperative Regions in response to stakeholder recommendations for statewide services to deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students.  The Early Childhood Centers that achieve this distinction will serve as models of practice for other districts in the region through on-site consultation, mentoring and presentations at state, regional and national conferences.  The application process is designed to assure that:
  • Classrooms of Excellence

    The Kentucky Department of Education has established a process to identify high quality state-funded preschool classrooms. 


  • Early Childhood Regional Training Centers

    The Early Childhood Regional Training Centers provide a range of services for the early childhood community including regional trainings/workshops, on-site consultations, lending library of materials, annual statewide and regional collaborative institutes.
  • Early Learning Leadership Networks (ELLNs)

    Early Learning Leadership Networks (ELLNs) are being launched.  There will be two network ‘strands,’ one for teacher-leaders and another for administrative-leaders, to develop capacity to implement Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and support school readiness.
  • Preschool Regulations

    The preschool regulations provide the framework for the state funded preschool program including administrative regulations, transportation, certification and exceptional children.
  • School Readiness Definition

    Ready to Grow…Ready to Learn…Ready to Succeed
Bill Buchanan
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Program Standards
500 Mero Street, 17th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-7056
Fax (502) 564-1984