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Seeing STARS: Children with Special Needs in Early Care Settings

Friday, February 3, 2017 1:00 – 3:00pm EST

Please join us in person or online via videoconference. A link to the live video stream of the seminar will be sent to registrants.


J. Michael Clyburn, PhD., Caroline Gooden, PhD., and Michelle Johnson

This seminar will begin with review of Leadership staff at the Division of Child Care at the KY Department for Public Health, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, and the KY Partnership for Early Childhood Services Child Care Aware staff who implement and monitor regulations and policy for quality rating of early care centers in KY. We will then briefly review the early learning standards that apply to implementation of services for children with special needs who are enrolled in early care centers. Then, the majority of our time will focus on practical strategies and resources to help centers serve their children with special needs, including screening, assessment, and best practice for meaningful inclusion of children with special needs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learners will become familiar with KY Partnership Services for Early Childhood Services for early care centers, especially related to services for children with disabilities.
2. Learners will become familiar with STARS Early Learning Standards that pertain to services for young children with disabilities.
3. Learners will gain practical strategies for implementation of Early Learning Standards related to screening, assessment, and providing individual services to young children with disabilities.


Training hours are approved in Early Care & Education. CEU’s are approved in Effective Instructional Leadership.

Registration: Electronic registration will open December 22, 2016. Visit HDI Seminar Registration to register for the seminar. For help registering, contact walt.bower@uky.edu.

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.

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.

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.

Sponsoring Agencies

Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
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University of Kentucky
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Child Care Aware of America
Governors Office of Early Childhood
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