The mission of the HDI Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services is to engage in collaborative research and professional development to influence policy and practice in order to enhance high quality services for children and families.

Child Care Aware of Kentucky

Providing supports that help increase knowledge of and demand for high quality early care and education services through

The Kentucky Early Childhood Data System

Designed to provide a data system that will allow teachers and providers at the local level to implement high quality curriculum-based assessments that inform instructional and classroom practices yet provide data at the regional/district and state level on the extent to which children are meeting the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and OSEP Child Outcomes www.kedsonline.org.

Online Learning

20 online course options are available, from 1-hour sessions to better prepare you for working with children with disabilities to a 17-hour intensive course on becoming an effective trainer. To view the course catalog and register, please go to www.kentuckypartnership.org/registration.

SCHOOL READY LIBRARIES Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Collaborating with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives to provide professional development and continuing education to library staff to help Kentucky public libraries implement effective and evidence-based school readiness programs. More information...

STARS PLUS University of Delaware

Promoting quality improvement for family child care providers in QRIS using a community of practice model.

National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives

Collaborating with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to assist early care and education providers to improve healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding support and screen time policies as part of the National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives Project. The ECELC is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed by Nemours, a learning child health organization. More information...


J. Michael Clyburn


J. Michael Clyburn joined the Kentucky Partnership as Director in August 2016. Clyburn has served for 25 years in various education administration roles, including faculty member, department chair, dean, provost and college president. During his career, he planned and launched preschools in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has also supported professional development opportunities for teachers in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Previous Projects and Initiatives

  • CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
    Web-based resources and modules on effective practices to help faculty and professional development providers build early childhood practitioners' abilities to make evidence-based decisions. http://connect.fpg.unc.edu/
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Transition Project
    Provided training and technical assistance throughout the Commonwealth to families and professionals interested in early childhood transition, evidence-based practice, emerging trends and changing legal requirements.
  • National Early Childhood Transition Project
     Examining factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs, and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families. http://www.hdi.uky.edu/NECTC/NECTC/Home.aspx
  • Professional Development Framework Research Collaborative
    Investigated the Impact of a Statewide Unified Professional Development System.
  • Strong Start Institute
    Promoted family and early childhood program partnerships to increase involvement, improve child outcomes and program quality.