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Early Childhood Institute 2017


The Early Childhood Institute 2017 "Empower. Collaborate. Lead.(formerly Ready Kids Conference) targets the importance of investing in Kentucky's youngest children by supporting those who impact them on a daily basis.  The Institute provides an opportunity for teachers, administrators, leaders and advocates to come together to feel empowered, to collaborate and to gain skills to lead.  The institute features nationally recognized keynote speakers, over a hundred workshops and exhibitors and networking opportunities.  Mark your calendars for the 2017 Early Childhood Institute, June 28-30, 2017 in Louisville, KY at the Galt House Hotel. 

Pre-conference options will be offered on June 27 and include Head Start Track, Leadership Academy Statewide Convening and Adult Learning Hours for Trainer's Credential. Please register for pre-conference options during online registration. 


Cancellation Policy for Registrants and Vendors: Due to the magnitude of this conference, refund requests cannot be honored after June 16, 2017. Requests must be submitted in writing via email to​. Cancellations after June 16, 2017 will not be refunded. 

Substitute Policy: An individual registered for the conference that needs to cancel before or after the cancellation deadline may substitute their registration with another individual. Please contact with the name and email address of the original registrant and the substitute registrant. Substitutions may only be honored until  June 23.​ 

Registration Closed June 2 at 5pm due to reaching maximum capacity.  ​The waitlist was available from June 2 through June 15 and all who were accepted from the Waitlist were notified on or before June 16.
Conference Links 

Full Conference Agenda

Payment Information
  • Three Day Registration - June 28-30 - $150 (Includes All Meals)
  • Wednesday Only Registration - June 28 - $50 (Includes Breakfast)
  • Thursday Only Registration - June 29 - $75 (Includes Light Breakfast & Lunch) 
  • Friday Only Registration - June 30 - $50 (Includes Breakfast)
Purchase Orders should be made out to the Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood or GOEC. Checks should be made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. 

If you have any questions please contact Kayla Jones at​