Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system serving all early-care and education programs – including childcare centers, Head Start and public preschool – that receive public funding. Go to for more information.


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The Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services

supports high quality services for children and families through the active engagement of early care and education providers in lifelong learning, and continuous quality improvement advanced by collaborative research.

Child Care Aware of Kentucky

Providing supports that help increase knowledge of and demand for high quality early care and education services. CCA maintains a Tips & Tools page with resources for child care providers.

Kentucky All STARS

The Partnership is teaming with the Governor's Office of Early Childhood, Kentucky Department of Education and the Division of Child Care to support the implementation of Kentucky All STARS, Kentucky's revised TQRIS; funded through a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. More information online

Online Learning

Training available to early care and education practitioners on how to train other adults, providing quality care to young children, and the administration of continuous assessment tools. Click here to see all early childhood training courses.

Partnership Spotlight

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice, also known as a Professional Learning Community, are groups of dedicated credentialed trainers committed to providing quality training to early care and education professionals throughout Kentucky.

Kentucky All STARS Pilot

The Kentucky All STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) pilot was initiated in July 2015 and completed in December 2015. This summary provides information on the design, participants and major findings from the pilot.

Child Care Market Rate Study

From 2005-2015, there has been a steady increase across the state for full-time care in Licensed Type I facilities.


The Early Childhood Orientation OnLine is an online option for the 6-hour orientation for new early care and education staff.

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Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
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