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

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

Kentucky All-STARS

The Partnership is partnering 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

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.


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.