CHILD CARE AWARE OF KENTUCKY

Child Care Aware of Kentucky is committed to ensuring families have access to safe, affordable, quality care. Our goal is to improve child care quality by offering training and technical assistance to child care providers and connecting the community-at-large to resources and educational materials which support quality child care.


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OUR SERVICES

Child Care Aware is Kentucky's Child Care Resource and Referral.

Quality Enhancement

Child Care Aware of Kentucky promotes quality in early care and education settings through Quality Coaches who conduct outreach to licensed child care centers and certified family care homes, provide technical assistance using effective and current evidence-based quality practices, and increase quality of and access to infant/toddler care and education. In addition, coaches can guide programs through participation in Kentucky All STARS, Kentucky’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. Learn more by visiting:

Supporting Infants and Toddlers

Because the first three years of life are crucial to a child’s development, Child Care Aware supports early care and education providers through technical assistance on quality environments, language and literacy development, and developing meaningful connections and relationships from birth.

Connecting Employers to employee resources for child care

Work and family policies have emerged as key factors for businesses who need to be competitive. The reason: the changing composition of the American workforce. Most households have caregivers who are working outside the home. Offering family friendly support can help you to recruit and retain high quality employees.

To see how your organization can assist your employees with child care, visit http://workplace.care.com/7-employee-benefits-that-help-working-parents-with-the-cost-of-care

Community Early Childhood Councils

Child Care Aware supports Community Early Childhood Councils (CECCs) through staff representation on these councils that bring local partners together, identify local needs, develop strategies to address those needs, and measure their results. 

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Tips and Tools for Family Child Care Providers

Not only are there tips and tools for family child care, providers can also find the SOP document. LEARN MORE 

How to Find Child Care

As a parent, choosing child care is one of the most important choices you will make. Your child needs a child care provider that will keep him safe, healthy, and learning. There are many types of child care to choose from, and there is no one-size-fits-all. It is important that you find a provider that best fits your child and your family’s needs.


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Regional Child Care Administrators & Our Regional Strategy

Through Child Care Aware of Kentucky, coaches are available in all 120 counties to provide technical assistance to providers on Training, Health and Safety, STARS, and Professional Development.

  • Health and Safety Coaches
  • Quality Coaches
  • Training Coaches
  • Professional Development Coaches
Regional Coach Map with Contact Information  Staff List 

Our Priorities

Trainer Quality Assurance

Child Care Aware of Kentucky promotes quality professional development through the administration of a trainer credentialing program, review and approval of training to ensure alignment with core content and the quality rating improvement system, and utilization of the Cabinet-approved data management system, Early Care and Education Training Records Information System (ECE-TRIS). Learn more by visiting:

Consumer Education

Child Care Aware of Kentucky is committed to providing parents with information and access to resources to make informed decisions. These resources include, but are not limited to:

 Understanding the Implications of Homelessness on Kentucky's child care population

Research has shown that homelessness puts children at increased risk of poor health, developmental delays, academic underachievement and mental health challenges. Providing early childhood professionals with information on identifying families, accessing supports, removing barriers, responding to family needs and engaging in strategic collaboration with community partners are all necessary to meet the needs of these families.

The resources listed below can assist child care providers in ensuring that these young children are prioritized for services that support their learning and development.

Social-Emotional Health

Healthy social emotional development is the child's capacity to:

  • Form secure relationships
  • Experience and regulate emotions and,
  • Explore and learn

Starting from birth, babies learn who they are by how they are treated. Loving relationships provide young children with a sense of comfort, safety and confidence. They teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions and deal with challenges. -Zero to Three

Parent and Provider Resources

Designated in KRS 199.8992, the Child Care Aware of Kentucky provides coordination and leadership to a statewide network for community based agencies to provide CCR&R services. Funded through Child Care Development Fund dollars made available through a contract with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care.

Contact us for more information about Child Care Aware of Kentucky.

Interested in Providing Child Care?

Are you interested in opening a licensed child care center or becoming a certified provider, but don’t know where to begin?

#1 - Click here to see if opening a child care program is the right choice for you http://childcareaware.org/providers/opening-a-new-child-care-program/ 

#2 - Contact the Division of Regulated Child Care to obtain a copy of regulations http://www.chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/drcc.htm 

#3 - Register for a Getting Started in Child Care Consultation (GSCC) with your Child Care Aware (CCA) Health and Safety Coach (HSC).

During the GSCC, you will receive information about the documentation required for completing the process. The presentation will last approximately two hours and attendance is required to receive the information. To locate the Health and Safety Coach in your region http://www.kentuckypartnership.org/about/map