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For Professionals

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Early childhood professionals understand that the education and training of early childhood caregivers and educators is strongly correlated with favorable outcomes for young children in early care and education programs. Early childhood caregivers and educators want to provide high quality care and education for children within a framework of best practices standards. They also want to understand their own practices with children within the context of the entire education continuum, birth through elementary and secondary education.

Professional Development

Our professional development system is built on a foundation of developing and maintaining a qualified workforce within a pipeline. This pipeline is composed of high school graduates who earn their credentials within Family and Consumer Sciences Early Care and Education Coursework, college graduates with certification as well as those who entered the field from non-related fields. On-going professional development allows workers to move through a career lattice and obtain their long-term goals.


STARS for KIDS NOW represents a collaborative effort to ensure that young children in Kentucky are in early care and education settings that are seeking ever-increasing quality.


The Early Childhood Development Scholarship provides a seamless system to upgrade the professional development of child-care workers and trainers. As a part of the KIDS NOW early childhood initiative, the state legislature and Governor Paul Patton created the Early Childhood Development Scholarship.