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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.

Kentucky All STARS

Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky’s expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs. Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills. The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality. It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. On the path toward higher quality, programs can benefit from supports including training, technical assistance and coaching.

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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.