The 2016 Early Childhood Profile is designed to provide each county in Kentucky with data that will assist them in developing local strategies to assure that every child in their community arrives at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed. The Profiles contain results from the kindergarten screener and information about participation in publicly funded preschool, head start and child care. It includes information about the quality and availability of child care and the education of the early childhood workforce. Finally, demographic data is provided representing key indicators of possible barriers to success for young children and their families and participation in public health and social service programs that can help.
The Early Childhood Profile can help change the conversation in each community in Kentucky to achieve these goals:
- Every Kentucky child will enter school ready to succeed
- Every parent will know what their child needs to be ready for school
- Every community will come together in support of their youngest children
It is our hope that the compilation of data in the 2016 Early Childhood Profile will create local dialogue and inform local action to improve early childhood outcomes. We believe that what gets measured gets done. Making sure that every child in the Commonwealth gets the best possible start in life must be everyone’s priority. We are pleased to provide this tool in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, Kentucky Department of Education, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.