The Early Childhood Resources page includes resources for families and educators of
children ages birth to five. Some topics of interest include growth and development of
infants, toddlers and preschoolers; understanding and working with
children with disabilities; social/emotional growth; parenting skills; school readiness; multiculturalism and diversity; and brain development.
Resources for Families
Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky’s expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs. Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills. The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality. It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. On the path toward higher quality, programs can benefit from supports including training, technical assistance and coaching.
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.
Division of Early Childhood (DEC) - 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.
Families USA - Families USA works to improve the health and health care of our nation’s families.
First Steps - 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 - 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 Cabinet for Health and Family Services - CHFS provides many services for Kentucky families.
Kentucky Parent Resource Center - The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to link families and individuals with disabilities to resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
Kids Now Early Childhood Resources for Families - As a child’s first and most important teacher, you play a major role in giving your child the greatest opportunity to succeed. KIDS NOW is committed to providing families with the information and tools they need to help their child be their best.
National Center for Family Literacy - NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families.
Vroom - Give your child a great start in life today and an even better future. Vroom tips add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime.
Zero to Three - Zero to Three helps to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
Resources for Schools and Districts
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.
The Early Childhood Collective is made up of multiple projects, all aimed at providing evidence-based information and resources to strengthen families and help professionals enhance inclusive early care and education.
Environmental Rating Scales Institute
KET’S Early Childhood Education Professional Development Workshops: KET is pleased to offer a selection of free, for-credit workshops for early care and education professionals. The workshops aim to increase early childhood educator effectiveness and family engagement to help improve children’s school readiness in science, math, social studies, literacy, health, and the arts. Each of these workshops are available to early childhood educators statewide with a focus on child care centers serving low-income families.
Please email the School Readiness branch if you have any questions.