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
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
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
National Institute of Early Education Research gathers information and
conducts research on the state-funded early childhood programs in the
ECERS-R Notes for Clarification (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale)
Additional Notes for Clarification for the ECERS-3
I Am Your Child
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
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the
implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
National Association for the Education of Young Children
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.
Division of Early Childhood (DEC)
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.
Please email the School Readiness branch if you have any questions.