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Governor’s Office of Early Childhood ‘ecstatic’ over successful ECI event hosted in Louisville last week

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI), an early childhood education and professional development networking event, was hosted by the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) last week at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville from June 19-21.

The mission of the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to empower professionals who shape the foundation to Kentucky’s youngest children and their families.

“The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood was ecstatic to host another successful Early Childhood Institute,” said Linda Hampton, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. “The GOEC is dedicated to educating early childhood care and education professionals to develop high-quality pathways to early care and education. Kentucky’s children lay the foundation for all success throughout the Commonwealth, and the GOEC, through the Early Childhood Institute, will continue to do our part to prepare all Kentucky children for their future.”

The GOEC has focused heavily on the development of the Early Childhood Institute during 2018. Since the first conference, the framework created for the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to stress the importance of investing in Kentucky’s youngest children by supporting those who impact them on a daily basis through comprehensive service delivery from birth to age five.

The theme of the 2019 institute focused on the motto: “Believe in Me KY.” The approximately 1,000 participants who attended the institute in 2019 chose from 167 total Effective Instructional Leadership Act credit hours to fulfill their 18 credit hours for early childhood educator requirements.

Derrick Ramsey

“It was an honor to speak at this year’s Early Childhood Institute and stand alongside educators who are committed to laying the foundation for the children of Kentucky,” said Secretary Derrick Ramsey of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. “Thank you to every early childhood educator for your continued hard work and dedication in building the framework that will ensure Kentucky’s children thrive in the future. Can’t wait to see the success the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood continues to bring!”

Conference keynote speakers included former NFL Player and author Malcom Mitchell, Save the Children Action Network CEO Mark Shriver, and author Sonia Manazano, who plays “Maria” on Sesame Street. Each added a unique and personal perspective on the importance of early childhood education.

In addition to these speakers, the conference included various professionally lead breakout sessions and an early childhood professional roundtable of state and national early care and education leaders that discussed the continued momentum of early care and education within Kentucky.

For the first time, the Early Childhood Institute issued awards in four categories, based upon dedication and investment to early childhood care and education. Awards included the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Director of the Year Award, and Early Care Center Award.

For more information about the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood or the 2019 Early Childhood Institute, visit http://www.KidsNow.ky.gov.

From Governor’s Office of Early Childhood

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