Parents, as a child’s first and best teacher, play the most important role in giving their child the greatest opportunity to succeed. That’s why the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, developed Parent Guides in 2006 from the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards to help parents prepare their children for school and life.
Families, early care and education providers, school staff and community partners must work together to provide environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children in Kentucky enter school eager and excited to learn. Parent Guides can be a bridge for families and early care and education providers to work together to encourage school readiness. Parent Guides are also available in Spanish.
In 2012, this document was updated by the Assessment Work Group of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, chaired by Felicia Smith and Amy Hood Hooten, to include alignment with the Kentucky Early Learning Standards, the Kentucky School Readiness Definition, the Head Start Standards and information on the Common Kindergarten Screener. Special thanks goes to the following workgroup members: Bill Buchanan, Carol Elder, Paula Goff, Jaesook Gilbert, Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Nancy Lovett, Sherri Meyer, Joe Roberts, Debbie Schumacher, Barbara Singleton, Whitney Stevenson and Kathy Stovall.
How Do I Use the Parent Guides?
The guides use parent-friendly language to share tips and activities that families can use on a daily basis to encourage learning. The guides are separated into two publications for the zero to three and three and four age groups and focus on the five developmental areas of the school readiness definition.
- Approaches to Learning
- Health and Physical Well-Being
- Language and Communication Development
- Social and Emotional Development
- Cognitive and General Knowledge