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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...

Former New England Patriots player Malcolm Mitchell joins education leaders to emphasize early learning

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher A former National Football League player-turned-children’s book author told attendees at the Early Childhood Institute that it is imperative to focus on early childhood education and literacy because a lack of education can become a “generational curse.” Malcolm Mitchell, a former wide receiver for the New England Patriots who was named the 2016 Children’s...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood receives $10.6 million federal Preschool Development Grant

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) has been awarded a $10,620,000 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Kentucky was one of six states to receive the highest funding amount. This one-year grant focuses on planning, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019. The purpose of Kentucky’s PDG B-5 is...

Early childhood development programs continue to benefit from Kentucky tobacco settlement

A child care center is the last place someone may expect to see improvements funded by a lawsuit against tobacco companies, unless the child care center is in Kentucky—the nation’s second largest tobacco producer. Sixteen years ago the Commonwealth earmarked 25 percent of its more than $3 billion share of a health-related national tobacco settlement for early childhood development. Today, the state...

Kids Ready Conference to convene early childhood professionals, launch of Kentucky ALL STARS

Nationally known experts and authors on early childhood development will speak at the 2016 Ready Kids Conference hosted by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, July 11-13 at the Galt House Hotel, 141 N. 4th St., in Louisville. In its third year, the conference will bring together approximately 1,200 early childhood professionals...

New online training course aims to increase quality in early childhood environments

  The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television, has released a free online training course that aims to help early childhood professionals prepare children across the Commonwealth for success in school. This course is the first free training offering to support the new STARS quality rating system to be launched later this year.   The course,...

Nearly 90 state counties awarded grants to promote early education, school readiness

State officials visit the Early Learning Village East in Frankfort. Pictured from left are principal Larry Hughes, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. (Photo from Ky. Gov. Office)   More than $1 million in grants is to be awarded to 64 Community Early Childhood Councils covering 88 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children.   “It...