We support 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

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.

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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.

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National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative

Collaboration with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to develop training modules 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

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CAPI: Coach and Provider Initiative

John Nash, Principle Investigator

Provide support for development of new TQRIS and prototypes to support coaching models for Child Care Aware of Kentucky.

Delaware STARS Plus

Mary Howard, Principle Investigator

Research to inform supports needed for family-based child care to support increased quality.

School Ready Libraries

Mary Howard, Principle Investigator

Collaboration with KY Department for Libraries and Archives to develop a comprehensive approach to providing Kentucky public library staff with the training and skills needed to implement successful school readiness programming.

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National Early Childhood Transition Center

The National Early Childhood Transition Center's mission is to examine factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs, and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families.

  • Focus 1: Current Research in Transition
  • Focus 2: Do Child, Family, Program, and Community Factors Influence a Child's Transition to School and School Readiness?
  • Focus 3: State Transition Policies and Practices
  • Focus 4: Socially Valid Transition Practices

Kentucky Early Childhood Data Center

Beth Rous, Principle Investigator

Collaboration with KY Depart. Of Ed and Public Health to collect and analyze child assessment data to support federal reporting requirements under IDEA www.kedsonline.org.

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. 
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